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A B S T R A C T The product design process plays a central role in ensuring that new products are realized with improved quality, in a short lead-time and with costs kept to a minimum. Designing the design process is an essential ingredient to ensure sustained competitiveness of a company. The collaborative nature of today's product development environment complicates the design of design processes. In this paper, it is proposed that design outsourcing and collaboration decisions should form adoi:10.1016/j.compind.2009.02.010 fatcat:k2i2my6jkveg7our4bp4hakbuq