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Collaborative Concept Development Using Supplier Competitions: Insights from the Automotive Industry


Benedikt Langner


University of Oxford - Said Business School

Victor P. Seidel


Babson College; Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences; University of Oxford

2009

Journal of Engineering and Technology Management, Volume 26, Issue 1, pages 1-14, 2009

Abstract:     
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

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Langner, Benedikt and Seidel, Victor P., Collaborative Concept Development Using Supplier Competitions: Insights from the Automotive Industry (2009). Journal of Engineering and Technology Management, Volume 26, Issue 1, pages 1-14, 2009. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2062368

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Benedikt Langner
University of Oxford - Said Business School ( email )
Park End Street
Oxford, OX1 1HP
Great Britain
Victor P. Seidel (Contact Author)
Babson College ( email )
Wellesley, MA 02457-0310
United States
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Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences ( email )
Cambridge, MA
United States
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University of Oxford ( email )
Park End Street
Oxford, OX1 1HP
Great Britain
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