Collaborative Project Management with Supplier Involvement.
ABSTRACT Under the trend of lean product development thinking, more parts of a product were out-sourced or off-shored, which brings the challenges of collaboration between core enterprise and its suppliers. Both the OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) and its suppliers are moving toward quickly providing better products in shorter time by establishing the virtual enterprise. So, effective and efficient collaboration between them throughout the entire product and project lifecycle is becoming significantly important for the win-win situation. To address this need, a scenario for collaborative project management with supplier involvement is proposed in this article. What and how to collaborate with supplier are proposed as well. The system architecture, and the corresponding function, information, process collaboration methods are developed and implemented in this study. Indeed, it is hoped that the development of such a system for the collaboration of project lifecycle in virtual enterprise will lay the frontier basis for the further research of effective project management within virtual enterprise to pursue the most advanced competitiveness.
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ABSTRACT: Quite often over the last decade, heavy equipment manufacturers are trying to improve their project management performance with the use of effective project management methods. However, the challenges encountered aren’t isolated problems and a systemic approach is required. This paper exemplifies how a systemic approach can be applied to heavy equipment manufacturing project (HEMP) management, through of a multifaceted vision. The findings present in the paper are based on a two-year case study in a metallurgic equipment manufacturing enterprise in China. Based on the analysis of HEMP management problems and the contributions on systemic approach application in project management, the paper enriches existing theory by: (1) interpreting the HEMP management system with the top-down disassembly method; (2) developing the collaborative project management approach with a systems view highlighting the project characteristics management and inter-departmental collaboration; (3) making suggestions for systemic approach application in project management. For practitioners and researchers, the findings are particularly meaningful for manufacturing project management and systemic approach application.Systemic Practice and Action Research 04/2014; · 0.51 Impact Factor