By Frank Neumann

Frank Neumann specializes in developing a theoretical foundation that enables an outline of the interaction among person and collective tactics in product improvement. For this goal, he introduces the built-in descriptive version of data production because the first constituent of his examine framework. As a moment a part of the learn framework, an research and modeling approach is proposed that captures many of the wisdom conversion actions defined by means of the built-in descriptive version of data production. to that end, this examine framework is utilized to the research of data features of mechatronic product improvement (MPD). eventually, the implications received from the former steps are used inside of a layout help method that goals at federating the knowledge and information assets inside the versions released within the a variety of improvement actions of MPD.

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Moreover, Hewit (1993; cited in Wikander, Törngren, et al. 2001) argues that such a definition should not be desirable, as it would constrain the future development of this engineering field. Correspondingly, Bishop (2006) states that the lack of consensus on a widely accepted definition should be interpreted as a healthy sign for a vivid engineering field. He endorses a broad perception of Mechatronics as “a natural stage in the evolutionary process of modern engineering design” (Bishop 2006).

9 Reduction of physical prototypes and increase of virtual prototypes due to reduced development time and increased cost pressure භ භ භ Kümmel (1999), Integration භ El-khoury (2006), Model Management භ Dissertations Bellalouna (2009), Integrationsplattform භ Eversheim et al. (2000), Chancen Aberdeen Group (2008), System Design Research Reports Angerbauer et al. 6 Textbooks Krause et al. (2007), Innovationspotenziale Sources භ භ භ භ භ භ භ භ These days, model-based development is an integral part of the various disciplines involved in MPD.

14 1 Introduction and Motivation In order to cope with the aforementioned difficulties of the interdisciplinary collaboration, MPD requires (among others) specific qualifications not needed in mono-disciplinary product development. On this subject, educational scientists have conducted research projects and gained insights; however the proper interpretation of these requires an understanding of the central concept of “competence”. In education science, the term “competence” has largely subsumed the concepts of knowledge, skill, qualification, and motivation over the last two decades.

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