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Härkönen, J., Möttönen, M., Belt, P. and Haapasalo, H. (2009) ‘Parallel product alternatives and verification & validation activities’, International Journal of Management and Enterprise Development, Vol. 7, No.1 pp. 86-97.

Parallel product alternatives and verification and validation activities

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Author: Härkönen, Janne1; Möttönen, Matti1; Belt, Pekka1;
Organizations: 1Department of Industrial Engineering and Management, University of Oulu, Finland, PO Box 4610, FI 90014, Finland
Format: article
Version: accepted version
Access: open
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Language: English
Published: Inderscience, 2009
Publish Date: 2020-02-10


Business environment in the information and communications technology (ICT) sector is turbulent. Requirements for products change even during new product development (NPD). Profound information during the early part of NPD is critical for success, and verification and validation activities can aid in providing this required information. Also, developing parallel technologies and product alternatives during the early NPD supports gaining this information. Although developing multiple options may seem a waste of resources, this may prove beneficial, even for small and medium sized companies, in a changing environment. This study analyses how ICT companies deal with challenges caused by technological uncertainties.

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Series: International journal of management and enterprise development
ISSN: 1468-4330
ISSN-E: 1741-8127
ISSN-L: 1468-4330
Volume: 7
Pages: 86 - 97
DOI: 10.1504/IJMED.2009.025267
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 222 Other engineering and technologies
Copyright information: © 2009 Inderscience Publishers. The final authenticated version is available online at