Early supplier integration: the dual role of purchasing in new product development

Schiele, Holger (2010) Early supplier integration: the dual role of purchasing in new product development. R and D Management, 40 (2). pp. 138-153. doi:10.1111/j.1467-9310.2010.00602.x

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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.

Item Type: Article
Article Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HF Commerce
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > Gloucestershire Business School > Strategy, Enterprise Leadership and Management
Research Priority Areas: Applied Business & Technology
Depositing User: Anne Pengelly
Date Deposited: 06 May 2015 10:51
Last Modified: 01 Aug 2021 21:31
URI: https://eprints.glos.ac.uk/id/eprint/2200

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