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Uncertainty in collaborative NPD: Effects on the selection of technology and supplier
Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Business Administration. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Business Administration. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences. (KITE)
2014 (English)In: Journal of engineering and technology management, ISSN 0923-4748, Vol. 31, no 1, 103-119 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

To gain competitive advantage,firms involve suppliers in New Product Development (NPD). However, uncertainty affects selection of suppliers and associated technologies, and selection outcomes in terms of commitment to one supplier or maintaining flexibility. We report on  a case study of collaborative NPD with the aim to develop an energy storage unit.The case involved selection of both technology and supplier, where both were changed during the NPD. Drawing upon Hall et al.(2011), we analyze technological, organizational and commercial uncertainties. We demonstrate how technological, commercial and organizational uncertainties cause firms to seek flexibility rather than commitment to one supplier.

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Elsevier, 2014. Vol. 31, no 1, 103-119 p.
Keyword [en]
Collaborative R&D; Technology selection; Supplier involvement; Power systems; R&D management; Energy storage
National Category
Social Sciences Business Administration
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-102343DOI: 10.1016/j.jengtecman.2013.10.009ISI: 000331426300007OAI: diva2:676845
Managing External Knowledge Acquisition
Available from: 2013-12-07 Created: 2013-12-07 Last updated: 2014-03-25Bibliographically approved
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1. Supplier Involvement in New Product Development under Technological Uncertainty
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Supplier Involvement in New Product Development under Technological Uncertainty
2014 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This thesis addresses the challenges that firms are faced with when collaborating with suppliers in new product development (NPD) projects under technological uncertainty. A critical observation that is made in this context is that technologies are evolving faster, making products more complex. At the same time, firms become more specialized. Due to increased complexity and specialization, firms do not possess all the necessary technologies in-house and therefore need to collaborate with external organisations to incorporate new technology into their products. Common collaborators are suppliers who become integrated into the buying firm’s NPD project. However, finding suppliers and collaborating with suppliers in NPD can be problematic. In addition, external collaborations also impact the buying firm internally, since it often needs to coordinate its departments. The purpose of this thesis is to explore supplier involvement in NPD under technological uncertainty. Challenges in supplier selection are concerned with the issues of involving new suppliers or relying on old acquaintances, managing uncertainties, the dilemma of whether to commit to long-term relationships or to maintain flexibility, and deciding on which department that is responsible for evaluating and selecting the supplier. The present study of buyers and suppliers in NPD, shows the challenges that are involved in balancing control, reaching goal alignment, and managing transactional and relational governance. Internal challenges investigate the coordination between the R&D department and purchasing in NPD projects where suppliers are involved. The present findings may be of value for firms who engage in collaborative NPD, or for firms who aim to involve suppliers in their development of new products.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Linköping: Linköping University Electronic Press, 2014. 102 + Appendices p.
Linköping Studies in Science and Technology. Dissertations, ISSN 0345-7524 ; 1568
New product development, supplier involvement, collaborative R&D, technological uncertainty, supplier selection, buyer-supplier collaboration, coordination, R&D, purchasing, project
National Category
Economics and Business
urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-103943 (URN)10.3384/diss.diva-103943 (DOI)978-91-7519-416-5 (print) (ISBN)
Public defence
2014-03-07, ACAS, A-huset, Campus Valla, Linköpings universitet, Linköping, 13:15 (English)
Available from: 2014-02-04 Created: 2014-02-04 Last updated: 2014-02-04Bibliographically approved

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