Effective supplier collaboration in knowledge-intensive product realisation

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Coordinator Linköpings universitet - Institutionen för ekonomisk och industriell utveckling
Funding from Vinnova SEK 3 357 351
Project duration December 2009 - December 2012
Status Completed

Purpose and goal

Effective supplier collaboration in knowledge-intensive product realisationCollaboration with external suppliers in knowledge-intensive product realisation requires treatment of commercial, technical, and organisational issues and integration of the suppliers knowledge in the customers product realisation process. Previous research has focused on simple coordination of supplier involvement without considering sophisticated processes which are necessary when the suppliers and customers knowledge is integrated. The purpose of this project is to investigate the conditions, aspects, processes and organisational forms for knowledge integration across companies.

Expected results and effects

The project will contribute with increased insights into the conditions for knowledge integration, knowledge processes and possible organisational forms for knowledge integration across companies. This results in better management of the product realisation process and increased success of interorganizational collaboration in product realisation. This will impact product effectiveness in terms of innovation as well as process efficiency. Research results will be integrated in a model focusing on conditions, central aspects, and organisational forms for knowledge integration across companies.

Planned approach and implementation

The study builds on quantitative and qualitative approaches. The quantitative part consists of a survey performed in collaboration with researchers from 10 different countries. The qualitative part includes case studies at the partner companies focusing on the customers perspective, and a quasi-experimental study, isolating certain factors and including the customers as well as the suppliers perspective.

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Last updated 25 November 2019

Reference number 2009-03963

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