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Flankegård, F., Johansson, G. & Granlund, A. (2019). Challenges with Supplier Involvement in Product Development: A Supplier’s Perspective. Paper presented at The 22nd International Conference on Engineering Design, 5 – 8 August 2019, Delft, The Netherlands. Proceedings of the International Conference on Engineering Design, 1(1), 2179-2188
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Challenges with Supplier Involvement in Product Development: A Supplier’s Perspective
2019 (English)In: Proceedings of the International Conference on Engineering Design, ISSN 2220-4334, E-ISSN 2220-4342, Vol. 1, no 1, p. 2179-2188Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Studies of supplier involvement in product development have revealed potential benefits including faster time to market, reduced cost and increased quality. However, existing literature has mainly focused on the customer's perspective on advantages, disadvantages and factors to be considered when involving suppliers in product development. This paper addresses the supplier's perspective by answering following research question: How do challenges that originate from involvement in customer's product development affect a supplier? The question is answered through a single case study at a supplier that develops and manufacture products primary used in capital goods. Thirteen challenges are identified, classified as being internal or external, and categorised into five areas: (A) Customer requirements, (B) Information exchange between customer and supplier, (C) Product variety management, (D) Design- manufacturing integration and (E) Processes and work instructions. The findings suggest that internal challenges need as much attention as external ones that originate from the customer. Also, an indication of when the challenges affect the supplier during product development is presented.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Cambridge University Press, 2019
Keywords
Supplier integration, Case study, New product development, Integrated product development
National Category
Other Mechanical Engineering
Research subject
Innovation and Design
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urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-45078 (URN)10.1017/dsi.2019.224 (DOI)
Conference
The 22nd International Conference on Engineering Design, 5 – 8 August 2019, Delft, The Netherlands
Available from: 2019-08-26 Created: 2019-08-26 Last updated: 2019-12-02Bibliographically approved
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