Collaborative Concept Development Using Supplier Competitions: Insights from the Automotive Industry
University of Oxford - Said Business School
Victor P. Seidel
Babson College; Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences; University of Oxford
Journal of Engineering and Technology Management, Volume 26, Issue 1, pages 1-14, 2009
Firms may seek to collaborate with skilled suppliers not only to access existing technologies but also to jointly develop new concepts. We sought to examine the details of collaborative concept development through matched cases of novel convertible roof projects in the European automotive industry. The result is a three phase model marked by the use of supplier concept competitions to probe possible features and by the selective maintenance of distance to suppliers. Knowledge transfer and integration practices, differences depending on initial experience, and implications for managing such distributed systems of innovation are highlighted.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 36
Keywords: Concept development, technological collaborations, supplier involvement
JEL Classification: O32
Date posted: May 18, 2012
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