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Together we share? Competitive and collaborative supplier interests in product development

Authors
Journal
Technovation
0166-4972
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Volume
29
Issue
10
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/j.technovation.2008.12.003
Keywords
  • Product Development
  • Supplier Involvement
  • Rivalry
  • Wind Turbine Industry
Disciplines
  • Communication

Abstract

Abstract While supplier involvement in product development projects can contribute with valuable knowledge and expertise, such involvement also poses organizational and managerial challenges, particularly if several rival suppliers are involved. This paper explores these challenges in the wind turbine industry, based on two interrelated Danish case studies. The analysis results in three propositions regarding how supplier rivalry and technological specialization influences roles, coordination patterns and communication between actors in distributed product development projects.

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