EVALUATION OF “CODEVE” METHODOLOGY FOR TEACHING NPD TO VIRTUAL DESIGN TEAMS
Editor: Berg, Arild; Bohemia, Erik; Buck, Lyndon; Gulden, Tore; Kovacevic, Ahmed; Pavel, Nenad
Author: Kovacevic, Ahmed (1); Vukasinovic, Nikola (2); Pavkovic, Neven (3); Horak, Peter (4)
Institution: 1: City, University of London, United Kingdom; 2: University of Ljublana, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Slovenia; 3: University of Zagreb, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Naval Architecture, Croatia; 4: Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Budapest, Hungary
Section: New Design Education Paradigms
Studies on the effectiveness of New Product Development (NPD) in countries of partner organizations of EGPR (European Global Product Realisation) course discovered that the end phases of the process are most challenging. These are identification of market needs on one end and commercialization on the other. CODEVE (COllaborative DEsign in Virtual Environment) teaching methodology is developed within EGPR course. EGPR is joint educational project of four European universities running since 2004. CODEVE is tested through the Erasmus+ funded project called NARIP (Networked Activities for Realization of Innovative Products). The goal of developing this teaching methodology was to establishsuitable means by which students can learn NPD process and how to implement it in their professional career. NARIP project is funded by EU over three years to develop, test and implement this methodology within partner academic institutions from the UK, Croatia, Slovenia and Hungary. It is expected that the recommendations resulting from this activity will be implemented in academia and industry across Europe and help companies to improve their NPD process. This paper presents findings of the student surveys from NARIP projects hosted by Zagreb and Budapest in 2015 and 2016 respectively. The study analyses the effectiveness of the NPD process, the engagement of students, knowledge generation of staff and other aspects of the performed NPD process. The analysis lead to recommendations of improving the CODEVE methodology which will be finally tested in the EGPR project hosted in the UK in 2017.