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Driving innovations in manufacturing: Open Access research from DMEM

Strathprints makes available Open Access scholarly outputs by Strathclyde's Department of Design, Manufacture & Engineering Management (DMEM).

Centred on the vision of 'Delivering Total Engineering', DMEM is a centre for excellence in the processes, systems and technologies needed to support and enable engineering from concept to remanufacture. From user-centred design to sustainable design, from manufacturing operations to remanufacturing, from advanced materials research to systems engineering.

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Uncovering your customer’s hidden needs

Goffin, Keith and Lemke, Fred (2004) Uncovering your customer’s hidden needs. European Business Forum (18). pp. 45-47.

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Abstract

Capturing the ‘voice of the customer’ is an essential stage of any new product development. However, the way companies ‘listen’ to their customers is changing as managers realise end users are often unable to articulate their needs and focus groups seldom lead to breakthrough product ideas. The SONY Walkman is a clear example of a new product that resulted from insights into customers’ hidden needs rather than from market research.