Product development concerns what to develop and produce, ie the identification and understanding of human and societal needs, and transforming those needs into solutions. Traditional product development activities are in transition to embrace the development of “solutions”, for a circular economy and sustainability context, while taking advantage of new enabling technologies.
Through excellence in research, education and industrial collaboration., the Product Development Academy promotes viable, desirable and feasible solutions, through addressing the following four dimensions of product development;
- Design of innovative concepts, systems and product solutions
- Design automation and digital engineering approach
- Sustainable life cycle design
- Engineering management
Furthermore, it is recognized that advances in scientific disciplines and increased digitalization enhance products and combinations of Product-Service System solutions for new societal areas. The fact that established methods, tools and practices have matured over decades implies that novel ones are needed to respond to future societal challenges.