Innovating your business: the Impact of 3D printing

Title of project: Innovating your business: the Impact of 3D printing
Project group: Innovation Management group
Year of commencement: 2016
Project introduction:

 

 

 

Innovating your business: the Impact of 3D printing

 

Additive manufacturing (AM) or 3D printing (3DP) is a revolutionary emerging technology that could up-end the last two centuries of approaches to design and manufacturing with profound geopolitical, economic, social, demographic, environmental, and security implications. It is significantly different from the existing “subtractive” manufacturing technologies, as which creates objects from the bottom-up by adding material one cross-sectional layer at a time. This characteristic of AM or 3DP is indeed leading to profound changes in every aspect of business, such as (1) product development; (2) business organisation design; and (3) business ecosystem configuration. Corresponding to this challenge, we aim to develop understandings on the innovations brought by the adoption of AM or 3DP to business. Based on these understandings, we further aim to fundamentally re-think the way to manage product development, business organisation design, and business ecosystem configuration, since the existing management theories might be no longer suitable in the new context when AM or 3DP is adopted.

Primary contact person: Yang CHENG, Associate Professor, Center for Industrial Production, Aalborg University

 

Fellow project partners: Professor Guozhu JIA, Vice Dean, School of Economics and Management, Beihang University, Beijing

Professor Jin WANG, Vice Dean, School of Economics and Management, Beihang University, Beijing

Professor John Johansen, Center for Industrial Production, Aalborg University

 

Non-academic research partners: Danish Technological Institute
Home institution: Center for Industrial Production, Aalborg University

Fibigerstræde 10, 9220 Aalborg East, Denmark

+45 9940 7103

cy@business.aau.dk

Host institution: School of Economics and Management, Beihang University

No. 37 XueYuan Road, HaiDian District, Beijing, China

+86 (0)10 8231 7839

sem@buaa.edu.cn

Scheduled project activities: Plan of activities in 2016

·         January – March, 2016: Initial discussions between partners to define frameworks for empirical study and decide case companies

·         April, 2016: Joint visiting to 3DP lab in Beihang University and Joint fieldwork in some Chinese companies (financed by SDC)

·         May – August, 2016: Conference paper writing

·         September, 2016: Attending CICALICS conference in China (financed by SDC)

·         October – December, 2016: Further working on the topic and improve the conference paper into journal publication