INTEGRATION OF USER KNOWLEDGE ACROSS THE LIFECYCLE OF INTEGRATED PRODUCT-SERVICE SYSTEMS – AN EMPIRICAL ANALYSIS OF THE RELEVANCE FOR PSS DEVELOPMENT AND MANAGEMENT

DS 80-9 Proceedings of the 20th International Conference on Engineering Design (ICED 15) Vol 9: User-Centred Design, Design of Socio-Technical systems, Milan, Italy, 27-30.07.15

Year: 2015
Editor: Christian Weber, Stephan Husung, Gaetano Cascini, Marco CantaMESsa, Dorian Marjanovic, Monica Bordegoni
Author: Schmidt, Danilo Marcello; Preißner, Stephanie; Hermosillo Martínez, José Alonso; Quiter, Michael; Moertl, Markus; Raasch, Christina
Series: ICED
Institution: 1: Technische Universitaet Muenchen, Germany; 2: YAMAICHI ELECTRONICS Deutschland GmbH
Section: User-Centred Design, Design of Socio-Technical Systems
Page(s): 199-208
ISBN: 978-1-904670-72-8
ISSN: 2220-4334

Abstract

Integration of user knowledge in corporate innovation processes enhances firm innovation performance. Despite the relevance of the topic, research on when to integrate user knowledge into corporate innovation processes is scarce. We address this gap by empirically investigating the relevance of user knowledge across the lifecycle of complex product-service systems (PSS). Using matched interview data from both users and producers, we find, that user knowledge is useful for many important phases across the PSS lifecycle. When comparing the relevance of user and producer knowledge, we find that user knowledge is particularly relevant for early ideation- and late use-related phases, as well as for service-related development and delivery stages. With regard to product-related production and logistics, firms tend to rely on knowledge that is available internally. Our findings have several implications for the development and management of integrated product-service systems, including guidelines about when to integrate users into their PSS development.

Keywords: User Centred Design, Open Innovation, Design Process, Knowledge Management

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