CE Challenges: Work to Do

J Stjepandic, Wim Verhagen, Nel Wognum

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CE has been used for more than two decades now. Despite many successes and advantages, there are still many challenges to be addressed. These challenges are both technical and organisational. In the paper we will address the current challenges of CE. Many challenges are related to the exchange of data and knowledge and to the systems that make data and knowledge exchange possible. Although much progress has been made in enabling extensive data and knowledge exchange and use, much remains to be wished. For example, there are still barriers to data exchange. Technically, these barriers may consist of different formats, differences in infrastructures and systems, and different semantics. There are also organisational and political barriers. For example, investment in information system may heavily impact upstream suppliers, while revenues of better information exchange may predominantly be gained by downstream actors. Without sharing costs and revenues, chain-wide information exchange will not be easily realised. Another barrier is the possible lack of willingness to share information, because of potential misuse of knowledge and loss of power. The paper is organised as follows. First we will describe the current manifestation of CE as described in a recent book. Second, we will list current trends in CE. Third, we will present some Critical Success Factors (CSFs) that are considered relevant for implementing and adapting CE practices. Last, we indicate some research and practical questions to be addressed, especially for areas that have a high potential and actual impact.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTransdisciplinary Lifecycle Analysis of Systems - Proceedings of the 22nd ISPE Inc. International Conference on Concurrent Engineering, CE 2015
PublisherIOS Press
ISBN (Electronic)9781614995432
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Event22nd ISPE Inc. International Conference on Concurrent Engineering, CE 2015 - Delft, Netherlands
Duration: 20 Jul 201523 Jul 2015


Conference22nd ISPE Inc. International Conference on Concurrent Engineering, CE 2015


  • Cross-disciplinary
  • cross-functional
  • cross-boundary collaboration
  • information and knowledge exchange

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