Document Type

Closed Project

Publication Date

Winter 1994

Course Number

EMGT 563


This paper examines the concept of concurrent engineering and will specifically deal with issues in the implementation and management of a concurrent engineeiing program. The paper begins by discussing why concurrent engineering is a philosophy that companies, specifically in the U.S. must consider to regain the competitive edge to become leaders in the present day global economic market. Concurrent engineering is then defined and explained. Managing the conversion from a traditional engineering process to a concurrent engineering environment is then examined. Barriers in the implementation of concurrent engineering are then dealt with. First the seven organizational barrier~ and some possible solutions are discussed followed by what are termed as common failure modes and their possible solutions. The next section deals with interpersonal communication in·multifunctional teams and methods of quantifying opinions to optimize communication is discussed. A methodology to enhance team dynamics CEMET is then defined and explained in detail. As part of team issues, the role of the team leader and his responsibilites are briefly discussed. Some cases of companies that have had significant success in implementing conctirrent engineering are described briefly. In conclusion the importance of concurrent engineering and its tremendous potential is again stressed.


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