Collaborative Decision-making in Design Project Management. A Particular Focus on Automotive Industry

Marija Jankovic, Julie Stal-Le Cardinal, Jean-Claude Bocquet
2010 Journal of Decision Systems  
New Product and Process Development (NPPD) in the automotive industry, integrated in large projects, focuses on producing vehicles while optimising performance (costs, quality, safety) and considerably reducing the "time to market". The first phase in NPPD is what we will call the "Project definition" phase. This phase is decisive because the project outcomes depend upon the success of this phase, i.e. capability to define ambitious and feasible objectives corresponding to the market. This
more » ... e market. This phase is a collaborative decision-making phase. The two main research questions are: how to support collaborative decision-making in the early stages of NPPD, and what an adapted project management approach for these phases is. Research methodology used in this study is case-based using semi-structured interviews and participation/observation of working groups. The case study concerns 7 managers or engineers working in this phase and 9 vehicle development projects. The findings of this research point out the need for a new management paradigm and a proposition of a project management framework for the early stages of NPPD.
doi:10.3166/jds.19.93-116 fatcat:uqihyynnd5codhfdmmfw72agou