Mathematical Problems in Engineering
Volume 2012 (2012), Article ID 358129, 17 pages
Research Article

A Model for Selecting Technologies in New Product Development

1Department of Industrial Engineering and Management, National Chin-Yi University of Technology, Taichung 411, Taiwan
2Department of Technology Management, Chung Hua University, Number 707, Section 2, WuFu Road, Hsinchu 300, Taiwan
3Department of Electrical Engineering, Kao Yuan University, Kaohsiung 821, Taiwan

Received 29 November 2011; Accepted 27 December 2011

Academic Editor: Ricardo Femat

Copyright © 2012 He-Yau Kang et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Due to fast changing technologies, shortening product lifecycles, and increased global competition, companies today often need to develop new products continuously and faster. Successful introduction and acceleration of new product development (NPD) is important to obtain competitive advantage for companies. Since technology selection for NPD involves complex decision makings that are critical to the profitability and growth of a company, the selection of the most appropriate technology for a new product requires the use of a robust decision-making framework capable of evaluating several technology candidates based on multiple criteria. This paper presents an integrated model that adopts interpretive structural modeling (ISM) and fuzzy analytic network process (FANP) to evaluate various different available technologies for NPD. The ISM is used to understand the interrelationships among the factors, and the FANP is to facilitate the evaluation process of decision makers under an uncertain environment with interrelated factors. A case study of a flat panel manufacturer is performed to examine the practicality of the proposed model. The results show that the model can be applied for group decision making on the available technology evaluation and selection in new product development.