Document Type

Closed Project

Publication Date

Fall 1995


Dundar F. Kocaoglu

Course Title

Management of Engineering & Technology

Course Number

EMGT 520


In attempting to reduce the time-to-market, many companies have begun to implement concurrent engineering. Since tones of articles and researches promote the concurrent engineering idea, concurrent engineering seems to be the absolute way to promise the success of reducing product development time. However, there is a research, Effects of Concurrent Engineering to Make-To-Order Products, done by Robert B. Handfield (note as Bob's research in this report), criticizes the perfection of concurrent engineering [4]. This research identify the hypotheses that concurrent approach requires less development time than serial approach but produces more defects in breakthrough innovations than serial approach, and, therefore, concurrent engineering is not suitable for breakthrough innovations. A related research is found and compared with Bob's research. Also, this report finds that Bob's research has a good literature study but does not have an appropriate methodology and result to support the hypotheses. Even the concurrent engineering may not be appropriate for breakthrough innovations which contain high uncertainty, some approaches, such as team building, correct measurement, and information system, can enhance the functions of concurrent engineering to all types of product.


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