PLM in SME, what are we missing? an alternative view on PLM implementation for SME

Bas Koomen*

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Abstract

Today, the concept of Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) is widely accepted as strategically important. It is used to manage the increasing complexity of products, processes and organizations. The need to adopt PLM is growing rapidly for Small to Medium-sized Enterprises (SME). PLM implementations are costly and require a lot of effort. The business impact and financial risks are high for SME. Also, SMEs seem to have relatively more difficulties to benefit from PLM. The study at hand addresses the question, based on literature research, why these difficulties exist and how they can be overcome. To answer that question, three sub questions are discussed in this paper. (1) A generic PLM implementation process structure. (2) A list of identified PLM implementation challenges, specific for SME. (3) A classification of PLM research for SME, related to the common PLM implementation process structure. A hypothesis for a PLM implementation failure mechanism in SMEs is formulated, based on the findings. Also, a potential research gap on operational implementation knowledge in SMEs is identified.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProduct Lifecycle Management to Support Industry 4.0 - 15th IFIP WG 5.1 International Conference, PLM 2018, Proceedings
EditorsJosé Ríos, Abdelaziz Bouras, Paolo Chiabert, Frédéric Noël
PublisherSpringer
Pages681-691
Number of pages11
ISBN (Print)9783030016135
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Event15th IFIP WG 5.1 International Conference on Product Lifecycle Management, PLM 2018: Product Lifecycle Management to Support Industry 4.0 - Turin, Italy
Duration: 2 Jul 20184 Jul 2018
Conference number: 15

Publication series

NameIFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology
Volume540
ISSN (Print)1868-4238

Conference

Conference15th IFIP WG 5.1 International Conference on Product Lifecycle Management, PLM 2018
Abbreviated titlePLM 2018
CountryItaly
CityTurin
Period2/07/184/07/18

Keywords

  • Implementation
  • PLM
  • SME

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