Annals of Business Administrative Science
Online ISSN : 1347-4456
Print ISSN : 1347-4464
Exploring the Causal Model of 3D-CAD Technology
Interfirm Communication and Product Development Performance in Japanese Automobile Parts Industry
Seung-Hwan KU
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2004 Volume 3 Issue 1 Pages 1-14

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3D-CAD technology impacts the performance of product development in two ways. One is a positive effect that the use of the 3D-CAD decreases the number of problem solving cycles directly, so that development performance improves. The other is the negative effect that 3D-CAD increases interfirm communication, which increases the quantity of coordination. In conclusion, the overall phenomenon of a correlation between the use of 3D-CAD technology and improved performance cannot be seen, because the two effects of the 3D-CAD offset each other.

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