||The Project Management Tools for Integrating Knowledge Context and Multidisciplinary Responsibility
||Department of Industrial Design
Project management tools
New product development
Research and development (R&D) projects within enterprises are now always executed by a multidisciplinary team. Its members are normally composed of designers, engineers and market researchers. In general, the responsibilities each discipline has to take are not clearly specified. Thus, typical problems of unexpected mistakes and time wasting in executing the works are raised because of the uncontrollable conflicts and miscommunication within a team. Importantly enough, re-allocation of the works and efficient inter-communication mechanism among teammates become the key issues of this research.
The data for new product research and development typically undergoes changes, due to market competition and responding to such changes has become a critical issue. The creation of Unified Modeling Language and the concept of building blocks (BBs) can help record the process of project knowledge creation and the context of knowledge flows occurring at different times. It can also simplify the visual complexity of massive knowledge.
New product development projects are often collectively executed by multidisciplinary members, and inherently the issue of cross-discipline management will arise. With investigations into the information related to knowledge creation, Unified Modeling Language and iNPD, this thesis proposes a three dimensional project management tools for integrating knowledge context and multidisciplinary responsibility, using an LCD TV multidisciplinary R&D project as an example to explain the visual presentation of the said tool in different quadrants. This tool may authentically record the knowledge context and re-arrange the project flow to reduce the execution duration, while offering a visualized knowledge context chart of the responsibility domain as reference for the project team to adapt promptly upon changes of external data.
中 文 摘 要 i
致 謝 iii
List of Tables vii
List of Figures viii
1. INTRODUCTION 1
1.1 Research Background 1
1.2 Motivations 4
1.3 Research Objectives 5
1.4 Organization of the thesis 6
2. THEORETICAL BACKGROUND 9
2.1 PERT/CPM 11
2.2 Knowledge Creation 13
2.3 Unified Modeling Language 19
2.4 Building Block 21
2.5 iNPD 26
3. RESPONSIBILITY DIVISION MODEL FOR MULTIDISCIPLINARY PROJECT MANAGEMENT 29
3.1 Introduction 29
3.2 Theories 31
3.2.1 R&D Criteria 31
3.2.2 Responsibility Division 32
3.2.3 Workforce Division 35
3.2.4 Schedule Division 37
3.3 Case Study 40
3.3.1 Original Project Schedule Management 40
3.3.2 The transformation from the original model to the new model 42
3.3.3 Implanting the study cases into the responsibility Model 43
18.104.22.168 R&D criteria for each discipline 43
22.214.171.124 The results of a responsibility division 45
126.96.36.199 Workforce & schedule division 47
3.4 Chapter Discussion 52
3.5 Summary 54
4. iPERT FOR RECORDING THE CONTEXT OF R&D PROJECT KNOWLEDGE 55
4.1 Introduction 55
4.2 Case Study 58
4.2.1 Application 58
4.2.2 Amelioration 59
4.3 Chapter Discussion 67
4.4 Summary 70
5. THE PROJECT MANAGEMENT TOOLS FOR INTEGRATING KNOWLEDGE CONTEXT AND MULTIDISCIPLINARY RESPONSIBILITY 72
5.1 Mapping tools 72
5.2 Case Study 76
5.3 Chapter Discussion 80
5.4 Summary 82
6. CONCLUSIONS AND SUGGESTIONS 83
6.1 Overview of conclusions 83
6.2 Suggestions for future research 87
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