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Polymer Solutions: Tempest About a Teapot

By Karen J. Freeze, Director of Research, Design Management Institute

Looks at the first major project of a joint venture formed by a leading engineering plastics manufacturer (GEP) and a major design consultancy (FRS). This pioneering venture, formed to exploit the expertise of each company in developing plastic-based products "from art to part," goes through "childhood illnesses," as each partner gets to know the other and in turn comes to a better understanding of what PSI should be and can be. Focuses on the interaction of these partners (primarily industrial designers and engineers) and their clients and suppliers as they develop an electric teakettle under intense time pressure. Also discusses the product's design-for-disassembly elements that gave PSI high visability and, for a time, its primary raison d'etre. Also available: Supplement (9-992-039) and Teaching Note (5-993-031).


Keywords: Consulting, Cross-Functional Management, Joint Ventures, Manufacturing Strategy, Product Development, Supplier Relations, Case Study or Method, Consumer Products

Price: $2.35 Academic/$5.00 Corporate
Order number: 9-992-038



Polymer Solutions: Tempest About a Teapot, Epilogue

By Karen J. Freeze, Director of Research, Design Management Institute

Updates case (9-992-038) to 1992. Also available: Teaching Note (5-993-031)

Price: $2.35 Academic/$5.00 Corporate
Order number: 9-992-039



Polymer Solutions: Tempest About a Teapot, Teaching Note

By Karen J. Freeze, Director of Research, Design Management Institute

Teaching Note for (9-992-038) and (9-992-039).

Price: $2.35 Academic/$5.00 Corporate
Order number: 5-993-031



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This document was last updated December 2, 1996.




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