Management of Engineering and Technology
The Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft is a revolutionary step forward in passenger aircraft design and production. Boeing developed several innovations that make this aircraft more fuel efficient for the airlines and more comfortable for the passengers. Identified significant innovations include the composite material construction, fuel efficient and noise reducing engines, operational commonality with previous aircraft, improved aerodynamics, and a new approach to supply chain management. All of these innovations required Boeing and its suppliers to develop new technologies and set a new standard for passenger aircraft requirements. The most significant innovation, however, is the integration of these technologies in a single project. Unfortunately, Boeing failed to meet the original expectations for delivery, suffering multiple delays because of challenges associated with these innovations. Some of these innovations were so new, Boeing did not fully account for the complications that would arise. Despite a three year delay and numerous challenges, the 787 has advanced aircraft construction technology into the 21st century and proven Boeing to be an innovative industry leader.
Abdulai, Kon; Bergquist, Jeff; Julien, Alex; Hu, Nan; Yilmaz, Selen; and Yoon, Byung Sung, "Boeing 787-Challenges in Managing Innovation" (2011). Engineering and Technology Management Student Projects. 605.