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An Analysis of the Relationship Between Supply-Chain Management Practices and New Product Development Time: A Case of the North American Confectionery Manufacturers


  • Spaulding, Aslihan D.
  • Woods, Timothy A.


This paper describes the relationship between supply-chain management practices and new product development over time in the North American confectionery manufacturing industry. Using data from a survey of new product development managers, results indicate that buyer involvement and supplier involvement do not have a statistically significant impact on development time. Outsourcing of activities, however, does significantly impact new product development time. Findings of this study have important implications for supply-chain management practices of the food-manufacturing industry.

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  • Spaulding, Aslihan D. & Woods, Timothy A., 2006. "An Analysis of the Relationship Between Supply-Chain Management Practices and New Product Development Time: A Case of the North American Confectionery Manufacturers," Journal of Food Distribution Research, Food Distribution Research Society, vol. 37(02), July.
  • Handle: RePEc:ags:jlofdr:9276

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