Aerospace Supply Chains as Evolutionary Networks of Activities: Innovation Via Risk-Sharing Partnerships

15 Pages Posted: 21 Nov 2008

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Christen Rose-Anderssen

University of Sheffield

James S. Baldwin

University of Sheffield

Keith Ridgway

University of Sheffield

Peter M. Allen

Cranfield University

Liz Varga

Cranfield University

Abstract

In the aerospace industry competitive advantage is searched through product innovation. This paper sets out to explore the effects that relationship development in the commercial aerospace supply chains have on innovation and competitive advantage. A perspective of supply chains as complex activity networks is used for data analysis based on in-depth interviews in a global setting. Applying these concepts of supply chains as the interaction of multiple work activities assists in comprehending the forces of change. The processes of change are characterized by expansive learning processes of creating instruments for initializing, developing and sustaining these relationships. These processes take place in a terrain of complex power exercises. The long-term effects are totally dependent on nurturing the relationships. The findings may be useful to practitioners in understanding how implementation of successful supply chain changes may come about. It promotes risk-sharing partnerships as instruments for innovation. The paper provides evidence of changing relationships in commercial aerospace supply chains.

Suggested Citation

Rose-Anderssen, Christen and Baldwin, James S. and Ridgway, Keith and Allen, Peter M. and Varga, Liz, Aerospace Supply Chains as Evolutionary Networks of Activities: Innovation Via Risk-Sharing Partnerships. Creativity and Innovation Management, Vol. 17, Issue 4, pp. 304-318, December 2008, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1304337 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-8691.2008.00497.x

Christen Rose-Anderssen (Contact Author)

University of Sheffield ( email )

17 Mappin Street
Sheffield, Sheffield S1 4DT
United Kingdom

James S. Baldwin

University of Sheffield

17 Mappin Street
Sheffield, Sheffield S1 4DT
United Kingdom

Keith Ridgway

University of Sheffield

17 Mappin Street
Sheffield, Sheffield S1 4DT
United Kingdom

Peter M. Allen

Cranfield University ( email )

Cranfield
Bedfordshire MK43 OAL, MK43 0AL
United Kingdom

Liz Varga

Cranfield University

Cranfield
Bedfordshire MK43 OAL, MK43 0AL
United Kingdom

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