Bridging customer knowledge to innovative product development: a data mining approach

Yuanzhu Zhan, Kim Hua Tan, Baofeng Huo

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Abstract

In the big data era, firms are inundated with customer data, which are valuable in improving services, developing new products, and identifying new markets. However, it is not clear how companies apply data-driven methods to facilitate customer knowledge management when developing innovative new products. Studies have investigated the specific benefits of applying data-driven methods in customer knowledge management, but failed to systematically investigate the specific mechanics of how firms realised these benefits. Accordingly, this study proposes a systematic approach to link customer knowledge with innovative product development in a data-driven environment. To mine customer needs, this study adopts the Apriori algorithm and C5.0 in addition to the association rule and decision tree methodologies for data mining. It provides a systematic and effective method for managers to extract knowledge ‘from’ and ‘about’ customers to identify their preferences, enabling firms to develop the right products and gain competitive advantages. The findings indicate that the knowledge-based approach is effective, and the knowledge extracted is shown as a set of rules that can be used to identify useful patterns for both innovative product development and marketing strategies.

LanguageEnglish
JournalInternational Journal of Production Research
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Publication statusAccepted/In press - 1 Jan 2019

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Knowledge acquisition
Knowledge based systems
Knowledge management
Decision trees
Product development
Data mining
Sales
Planning
Association rules
Marketing
Mechanics
Managers
Industry
Decision tree
Customer knowledge management
Commerce
Knowledge-based systems
Customer knowledge
New products
Big data

Keywords

  • customer knowledge management
  • data mining
  • fast-cycle industry
  • product development

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Strategy and Management
  • Management Science and Operations Research
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

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Bridging customer knowledge to innovative product development : a data mining approach. / Zhan, Yuanzhu; Tan, Kim Hua; Huo, Baofeng.

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