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Title: From sashimi to zen-in : the evolution of concurrent engineering at Fuji Xerox
Authors: Umemoto, Katsuhiro
Endo, Atsushi
Machado, Marcelo
Keywords: Concurrent engineering
Creativity
Knowledge Management
Fuji Xerox
Issue Date: 2004
Publisher: Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Magazine name: Journal of Knowledge Management
Volume: 8
Number: 4
Start page: 89
End page: 99
DOI: 10.1108/13673270410548504
Abstract: This case study examines the evolution of R&D knowledge management at Japan’s business equipment maker Fuji Xerox, from the sashimi system, a Japanese origin of concurrent engineering, to its successor zen-in system, which is composed mainly of a real high-tech discussion room equipped with databases that provide technical information and two 70-inch displays that shows virtual but real-size, three-dimensional graphic models. We found that Fuji Xerox has chosen the “hybridization strategy” that mixes human-based and IT-based knowledge-sharing techniques. We also argue that concurrent engineering provides not only efficiency benefits but also positive effects on group and organizational creativity. Finally we present a conceptual framework of “how concurrent engineering works”, i.e. uncertainty and diversity necessitate concurrency which produces such benefits as efficiency and creativity, and which in turn realizes product integrity.
Rights: Copyright (C) 2004 Emerald Group Publishing Limited . Katsuhiro Umemoto, Atsushi Endo, Marcelo Machado, Journal of Knowledge Management, 8(4), 2004, 89-99. http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/13673270410548504
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10119/7860
Material Type: author
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