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ISRN Industrial Engineering
Volume 2013, Article ID 170812, 10 pages
Review Article

Defining Product Lifecycle Management: A Journey across Features, Definitions, and Concepts

1Dipartimento di Ingegneria dell'Innovazione, Università del Salento, Campus Ecotekne, 73100 Lecce, Italy
2Incubatore EuroMediterraneo, Università del Salento, Campus Ecotekne, 73100 Lecce, Italy

Received 27 April 2013; Accepted 8 July 2013

Academic Editors: T.-M. Choi and B.-S. Liu

Copyright © 2013 Angelo Corallo 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.


Product lifecycle management (PLM) has become more important in companies providing technologies and methodologies to manage data, information, and knowledge along the whole product lifecycle. In recent years, several authors have argued about PLM using a managerial or a technological view. The paper analyses these studies and integrates different author's points of view using focus groups, blogs, and face-to-face meetings in a university community of practice. Three sets of features (i.e., managerial, technological, and collaborative ones) have been used to review the existing definitions shared between academic and industrial ones and to propose an extended PLM definition describing its key concepts. The paper is a useful reference for managers and academics who want to have a clear and critical understanding of PLM using a unique source to collect lines of evidence on several PLM definitions, features, and concepts.