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ProViking THINK - Teams for Heterogeneous Innovation Knowledge

Published: 27 June 2008

Foundation for Strategic Research
Research programme ProViking

Functional Product Development


The concept of product-service system (PSS), or functional product development, will be a main component in a future sustainable society. A PSS paradigm will, not only, change the use of products and services, but also the development approaches. This since the responsibility of the physical artefact throughout the life-cycle is remaining with the providing enterprise.

The perspectives of reengineering, reuse and recycle can be handled in a totally different way than today, wherein the capacity to continuously improve the customer value by innovations becomes and important capability. At least two main challenges for design teams can be discerned. First, to improve customer value the design team has to be able to deal with more elusive customer needs. Second, the team has to have effective ways to continuously accomplish innovations.

This project aims to support PSS development teams to innovate by putting forward facilitating methods and tools. Specifically, the focus is on the following aspects, all helping to build a coherent methodology for team-based innovation:

  • Needs establishment and value modelling
  • Multidisciplinary teams
  • Effective knowledge sharing
  • Life-cycle knowledge modelling and visualisation of solutions
The project will be a joint effort of industry and academic representatives, where the work will be performed in a close collaborative mode. The project hypotheses are broadly captured in the statement that: visualisation of business and development related knowledge and rapid modelling and simulation in early phases support PSS teams to innovate and perform sustainable development.

Thus, besides increased knowledge about strategies and approaches for team-based innovation, demonstrators of tools and methods will be an outcome of this project.


Project Leader FPD: Tobias C. Larsson
Staff FPD: Åsa Ericson (Researcher)
Marco Bertoni (Post doc)
Pär Johansson (PhD student)
Johan Wenngren (PhD student)
Anna Karlsson (Industrial PhD student Sandvik Coromant)
Peter Thor (Industrial PhD student Volvo Aero)
Type: Research
Key research area: Functional Product Development
Knowledge Enabled Engineering
Team Based Innovation
Application area: Industrial Manufacturing
Aeronautics and Space
Time frame: 2008-2011
Funding: 15 MSEK
Partners: Foundation for Strategic Research
Sandvik Coromant
Volvo Aero AB

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