University of Oulu

Silvola, R., Tolonen, A., Harkonen, J., Haapasalo, H. and Männistö, T (2019) Defining one product data for a product. International journal of business information systems, 30 (4), 489. doi:10.1504/IJBIS.2019.099308

Defining one product data for a product

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Author: Silvola, Risto1; Tolonen, Arto1; Härkönen, Janne1;
Organizations: 1Industrial Engineering and Management Department, University of Oulu, P.O. Box 4610, FI-90014, Finland
Format: article
Version: accepted version
Access: open
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Language: English
Published: Inderscience, 2019
Publish Date: 2020-04-16


The growing importance of product data management and master data necessitate companies to have practices for deriving product master data from their corporate strategy. Business drivers need to be understood from the perspective of corporate strategy to capture product master data in relevant systems in a straightforward manner. Ideally master data is created only once and used through the life-cycle of the product. This study clarifies the foundations for determining one product data from corporate strategy. Data definitions are analysed to understand its linkages to business drivers, whereas main business processes are used to support categorisation. The practices of three companies are analysed to understand how business drivers for new products impact product data requirements. The results highlight the importance of business drivers in defining one product data based on the product master data, business-process related product data and IT systems over the product life-cycle.

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Series: International journal of business information systems
ISSN: 1746-0972
ISSN-E: 1746-0980
ISSN-L: 1746-0972
Volume: 30
Issue: 4
Pages: 489 - 520
DOI: 10.1504/IJBIS.2019.099308
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 222 Other engineering and technologies
Copyright information: Copyright © 2019 Inderscience Enterprises Ltd.