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International Journal of Operations & Production Management

ISSN: 0144-3577

Online from: 1980

Subject Area: Operations and Logistics Management

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Knowledge and continuous innovation: The CIMA methodology


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Title:Knowledge and continuous innovation: The CIMA methodology
Author(s):Harry Boer, (Aalborg University, Denmark), Sarah Caffyn, (CENTRIM University of Brighton, UK), Mariano Corso, (University of Pisa, Italy), Paul Coughlan, (Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland), José Gieskes, (Twente University, Enschede, The Netherlands), Mats Magnusson, (Chalmers University, Göteborg, Sweden), Sara Pavesi, (Politecnico di Milano, Italy), Stefano Ronchi, (Politecnico di Milano, Italy)
Citation:Harry Boer, Sarah Caffyn, Mariano Corso, Paul Coughlan, José Gieskes, Mats Magnusson, Sara Pavesi, Stefano Ronchi, (2001) "Knowledge and continuous innovation: The CIMA methodology", International Journal of Operations & Production Management, Vol. 21 Iss: 4, pp.490 - 504
Keywords:Innovation, Kaizen, Learning, New product development
Article type:Research paper
DOI:10.1108/01443570110381390 (Permanent URL)
Publisher:MCB UP Ltd
Abstract:Competition today is forcing companies to increase their effectiveness through exploiting synergy and learning in product innovation. Literature, however, is still mainly focused on how product development projects, seen largely as isolated efforts, should be organised and managed. This article proposes a model to describe and explain how companies can gain a substantive competitive advantage by extending their innovation efforts to other phases of the product life cycle and by facilitating knowledge transfer and learning both within the company and with other partner organisations. The model is based on collaborative research by the authors, based on their involvement in the Euro-Australian co-operation project CIMA (Euro-Australian co-operation centre for Continuous Improvement and innovation MAnagement).



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