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On the optimal frequency of multiple generation product introductions

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  • Liao, Shuangqing
  • Seifert, Ralf W.

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This paper considers a firm that introduces multiple generations of a product to the market at regular intervals. We assume that the firm has only a single production generation in the market at any time. To maximize the total profit within a given planning horizon, the firm needs to decide the optimal frequency to introduce new product generations, taking into account the trade-off between sales revenues and product development costs. We model the sales quantity of each generation as a function of the technical decay and installed base effects. We analytically examine the optimal frequency for introducing new product generations as a function of these parameters.

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  • Liao, Shuangqing & Seifert, Ralf W., 2015. "On the optimal frequency of multiple generation product introductions," European Journal of Operational Research, Elsevier, vol. 245(3), pages 805-814.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:ejores:v:245:y:2015:i:3:p:805-814
    DOI: 10.1016/j.ejor.2015.03.041
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    1. Seifert, Ralf W. & Tancrez, Jean-Sébastien & Biçer, Işık, 2016. "Dynamic product portfolio management with life cycle considerations," International Journal of Production Economics, Elsevier, vol. 171(P1), pages 71-83.
    2. Samuel Sale, R. & Mesak, Hani I. & Inman, R. Anthony, 2017. "A dynamic marketing-operations interface model of new product updates," European Journal of Operational Research, Elsevier, vol. 257(1), pages 233-242.
    3. Korn, Ralf & Melnyk, Yaroslav & Seifried, Frank Thomas, 2017. "Stochastic impulse control with regime-switching dynamics," European Journal of Operational Research, Elsevier, vol. 260(3), pages 1024-1042.

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