Requirements on New Technology and the Technology Implementation Process

DS 61: Proceedings of NordDesign 2010, the 8th International NordDesign Conference, Göteborg, Sweden, 25.-27.08.2010

Year: 2010
Editor: Andreas Dagman; Rikard Söderberg
Author: Högman, Ulf; Bengtsson, Daniel; Stetz, Stefan; Trygg, Lars; Johannesson, Hans
Section: Conceptualization and Innovation
Page(s): 289-300


company competitiveness. In this study, we aim to study technology in more detail and attempt to develop an understanding of the requirements and needs placed on “technology” from the perspective of product development. The research question we aim to answer in this study is: “What are the requirements on the maturity of technology when this technology is about to enter into the product development process?“ A qualitative research strategy, based on three study cases involving 17 interviewees, has been chosen. All three cases come from one single company, Volvo Aero Corporation (VAC) in Sweden. Thus, the study has been performed in the context of the aero engine industry. The study contributes a broad mapping of requirements and how they relate to different categories of technologies, showing large differences regarding both content and timing. It is concluded that attention should be paid both to how the organization builds new capabilities and to the capabilities of the technology itself. A surprisingly complicated picture of the requirements relating to the implementation of new technologies has emerged in the study. This contributes to the understanding regarding the difficulties of developing new technology and integrating it into an application.

Keywords: technology development, technology transfer, and requirements.

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