Engineering change management in the engineer-to-order production environment: Insights from two case studies
Journal article, Peer reviewed
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Original versionIFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology. 2018, 535 131-138. 10.1007/978-3-319-99704-9_17
Engineering changes (ECs) are part of any Engineer-to-order (ETO) project. The engineering change management (ECM) literature provides various tools, methods and best practices, and this study investigates ECM practices in the ETO production environment. Through two exploratory case studies, we identify five main ECM challenges; EC impact analysis, EC data management, internal and external collaboration and communication, and EC post-implementation review. Both companies have implemented the main ECM steps recommended in literature but there are considerable weaknesses in the execution of the post-implementation review process. More ETO cases are needed to confirm the findings and investigate how ECM tools and approaches vary by different dimensions.