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Belt, P., Härkönen, J., Möttönen, M., Kropsu-Vehkaperä, H. and Haapasalo, H. (2010) ‘Technological uncertainty and verification & validation activities’, International Journal of Innovation and Learning, Vol. 7, No. 2, pp. 223-243.

Technological uncertainty and verification and validation activities

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Author: Belt, Pekka1; Härkönen, Janne1; Möttönen, Matti1;
Organizations: 1Department of Industrial Engineering and Management, University of Oulu, Finland, P.O. Box 4610, FI-90014 University of Oulu, Finland
Format: article
Version: accepted version
Access: open
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Language: English
Published: Inderscience, 2010
Publish Date: 2019-12-11


Product development decisions are a great management challenge, especially in a turbulent business environment. Management is forced to make decisions before they have essential information on markets and technologies. This study analyses how Information and Communication Technology (ICT) companies cope with the uncertainty and challenges caused by the changing environment, focusing particularly on the role of Verification and Validation (V&V) activities. This article highlights that when properly conducted, V&V can aid in providing required information and help obtain a more profound understanding during the early part of product development. The study covers three company types: companies with their own products, Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) and subcontractors.

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Series: International journal of innovation and learning
ISSN: 1471-8197
ISSN-E: 1741-8089
ISSN-L: 1471-8197
Volume: 7
Issue: 2
Pages: 223 - 243
DOI: 10.1504/IJIL.2010.030615
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 222 Other engineering and technologies
Funding: This research has been supported by Nokia Foundation, Tauno Tönning Foundation, Jenny & Antti Wihuri Foundation, and Riitta & Jorma Takanen Foundation.
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