Screening Criteria for Selection of New Products in the Electronic Component Distribution Industry
Volume 6, Number 2, March 2010 - Paper 5 - pp. 159-170
C. L. CHUIDepartment of Manufacturing Engineering and Engineering Management,
City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China
(Received on May 23, 2009, revised on October 17, 2009)
Screening new industrial product ideas at the early stages of a new product development process is a critical activity. Although making a good new product choice is vital, managers have not applied systematic screening models because these models have not been customized to reflect the particular character of their company and industry. A customized systematic procedure is proposed to manage the task of selecting potential new products for an electronic component distributor at the early stages of a new product development (NPD) process. Screening criteria have been reviewed and optimized by project leaders and managers closest to the new product selection decision. The screening model has been used in a company to predict the success or failure of projects, and these predictions have been compared to the actual results from real projects. Thus, the study provides insights into the capability of the screening model and suggests further improvements to the screening process.
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