Global Product Development

Global Product Development
Preparing students to be leaders in globally-influenced product development organizations. Includes visits to U.S. and overseas companies and universities.
 Hours3.0 Credit, 3.0 Lecture, 0.0 Lab
 PrerequisitesME EN 476; Me En 475 or equivalents; senior or graduate status.
 OfferedStudy Abroad only.
Course Outcomes

Global Product Development Issues

Understand issues associated with a global product development including developing product needs in unfamiliar cultures, managing distributed design teams and manufacturing at remote and/or distributed sites. Appreciate first-hand how global companies approach these issues.

Global Design Strategies

Understand design strategies in a global environment.

Global Product Development Challenges

Appreciate the challenges in managing product development across different countries, cultures and languages, and how companies apply appropriate tools and processes to address these challenges.


Understand why outsourcing is such a big deal with companies.

Effects of Globalization

Understand how globalization affects us.

Design and Manufacturing Capabilities in Other Countries

Understand the design and manufacturing capabilities of other countries and how companies leverage these capabilities (work with, deal with, manage) in a cross cultural team environment.

Integrated Nature of a Global Economy

Appreciate the integrated nature of business, engineering, law and other disciplines in a global economy.