Increasing Commitment during PLM Implementation through Change Management : A Case Study at Dassault Systèmes

University essay from KTH/Skolan för industriell teknik och management (ITM); KTH/Skolan för industriell teknik och management (ITM)

Abstract: Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) is a way for manufacturing companies to counter the challenge of managing product information through its lifecycle. Change management is often overlooked during PLM implementations. This can lead to project failure and negative consequences for organizations. Additionally, one shortcoming of change management in PLM implementation is not considering individual commitment to change. Therefore, this case study’s purpose was to explore how change management can increase end-user commitment and thereby contribute to improved PLM implementations. This was investigated by performing a qualitative case study of Dassault Systèmes and their PLM implementation project at four different customer organizations: Saab Dynamics, Jaguar Land Rover, Scania, and Ericsson. Sixteen individuals involved in the PLM projects, evenly distributed between Dassault Systèmes’ employees and customer representatives, were interviewed. The collected data was analyzed using a theoretical framework based on change management and commitment. The study identified four key areas of change management for increasing end-user commitment during PLM implementation: (1) vision, (2) top management, (3) training, and (4) individual treatment. An overview of the suggested recommendations within each area is: (1) a specific vision and a sense of urgency should be created and communicated; (2) top management, including the CEO, should be committed to the project and communicate to the end-users; (3) training should be continuous, adapted to the end-users and include other purposes that teaching about the PLM tool; and (4) different end-users should be managed differently and be included in implementation project. These conclusions contribute to the research field of PLM implementation by improving the understanding of how change management can increase the end-users’ commitment in PLM implementation projects.

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