Reverse Engineering


The concept explains a process mainly used in industrial engineering which involves the analysis and breakdown of an object to see how it works for duplication or enhancement purposes. It discusses the advantages and limitations of this process and summarises its success factors.

Technique Overview

Reverse Engineering

Reverse Engineering Definition

Reverse engineering is a method of industrial engineering in which one begins with a known finished product and works backward to reveal the processes and specifications involved in the product’s development and manufacture (Nasheri, 2005).

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  • Bruninghaus, S. and Ashley, K.D. (1999) Bootstrapping Case Base Development with Annotated Case Summaries. In K.D. Althoff, R. Bergmann and L.K. Branting, Case-Based Reasoning Research and Applications, Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Case-Based Reasoning, Munich, Germany.
  • Forbes (2011) Apple Hacker Extraordinaire Comex Takes An Internship At Apple. [Online] Available at: www.forbes.com/sites/andygreenberg/2011/08/26/apple-hacker-extraordinaire-comex-takes-an-internship-at-apple/.
  • Fraser, J. (2005) Production and the Product Life Cycle: Manufacturing Business Technology. Reed Elsevier, Inc, New Jersey.
  • Hooper, M.J. (2009) International Strategy Management. In D.J. Newlands and M.J. Hooper (Eds.), The Global Business Handbook, Gower Publishing, Surrey, UK.

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