Knowledge and Continuous Innovation: The CIMA methodology

Harry Boer, Sarah Caffyn, Mariano Corso, Paul Coughlan, Jose Gieskes, Mats Magnusson, Sara Pavesi, Stefano Ronchi

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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).
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)490-504
Number of pages15
JournalInternational Journal of Operations & Production Management
Volume21
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2001

Keywords

  • Innovation
  • Kaizen
  • Learning
  • New product development
  • CENTRIM

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    Boer, H., Caffyn, S., Corso, M., Coughlan, P., Gieskes, J., Magnusson, M., Pavesi, S., & Ronchi, S. (2001). Knowledge and Continuous Innovation: The CIMA methodology. International Journal of Operations & Production Management, 21(4), 490-504.