Guest editorial. Having publicized a call for paper for this timely important research area, the Guest Editors have received a large number of relevant papers. After an extensive review of the received papers by international experts and a careful selection based on these reviews, the Guest Editors of this special issue are delighted to present seven timely papers selected and modified for the Special Issue. These papers address a wide range of topics in collaborative product development. They can, however, be categorized and have been grouped into the following three sections to highlight three important research areas: namely generic approaches and issues in collaborative product development; IT and their applications in collaborative product development; and finally collaborative process engineering and manufacture.
- product development