Schiele, Holger (2010) Early supplier integration: the dual role of purchasing in new product development. R and D Management, 40 (2). pp. 138-153. ISSN 0033-6807Full text not available from this repository.
Interest in early supplier integration in new product development (NPD) has increased as an open innovation approach has become more common in firms. To support supplier integration, the purchasing function of a firm can assume a new ‘dual’ role: contributing to NPD while also managing overall costs. Previous research has offered few insights into how the purchasing function should best be organised so that it will fulfil this dual role. This paper reports on the results of a consortial benchmarking study in which an industry–academic consortium visited and analysed six best-practice firms. The findings describe how innovative firms organise their purchasing function, distinguishing between ‘advanced sourcing’ and ‘life-cycle sourcing’ units. The results include the tools that these firms use, such as regular innovation meetings with suppliers and technology roadmaps linking firm strategy, innovation strategy and sourcing strategies. The paper also recommends that researchers shift from a narrow focus on a single project to a broader consideration of supplier and organisational issues in NPD.
|Subjects:||H Social Sciences > HF Commerce|
|Divisions:||Schools and Research Institutes > Business School > Business and Human Resource Management|
|Research Priority Areas:||Applied Business Research|
|Depositing User:||Anne Pengelly|
|Date Deposited:||06 May 2015 10:51|
|Last Modified:||30 Nov 2016 12:21|