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Belt, P., Haapasalo, H., Härkönen, J., Möttönen, M. and Kess, P. (2009) ‘Improving product development in different types of ICT companies’, International Journal of Innovation and Learning, Vol. 6, No. 6, pp. 672–693.

Improving product development in different types of ICT companies

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Author: Belt, Pekka1; Haapasalo, Harri1; Härkönen, Janne1;
Organizations: 1Department of Industrial Engineering and Management, University of Oulu, Finland, P.O. Box 4610, FI-90014 University of Oulu, Finland
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Version: accepted version
Access: open
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Language: English
Published: Inderscience, 2009
Publish Date: 2019-12-11


The Information and Communications Technology (ICT) sector is facing continuous changes in its New Product Development (NPD) as products become increasingly complicated and customer segments more fragmented. Price erosion is also an escalating challenge for the management in the ICT sector. The automotive sector was chosen as a benchmark as it has been a large-volume and competitive business sector for decades, and has streamlined its processes to meet severe price targets. This study utilises Toyota|s product development model as a learning platform and presents improvement ideas for three different types of ICT companies: large, small and suppliers.

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Series: International journal of innovation and learning
ISSN: 1471-8197
ISSN-E: 1741-8089
ISSN-L: 1471-8197
Volume: 6
Issue: 6
Pages: 672 - 693
DOI: 10.1504/IJIL.2009.026651
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 222 Other engineering and technologies
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