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Managing supplier involvement in product development:: Three critical issues


  • Wynstra, Finn
  • van Weele, Arjan
  • Weggemann, Mathieu


Despite some successes in involving suppliers early and intensively in product development within the automotive and electronics industries, many companies still experience substantial difficulties in managing this involvement. This article examines three related critical issues: (a) identifying specific processes and tasks for the broader area of purchasing involvement in product development; (b) forming an organisation that supports the execution of such tasks; and (c) staffing the organisation with people that have the right skills.

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  • Wynstra, Finn & van Weele, Arjan & Weggemann, Mathieu, 2001. "Managing supplier involvement in product development:: Three critical issues," European Management Journal, Elsevier, vol. 19(2), pages 157-167, April.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:eurman:v:19:y:2001:i:2:p:157-167

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    11. Echtelt, F.E.A. van & Wynstra, J.Y.F., 2002. "Managing Supplier Integration into Product Development: A Literature Review and Conceptual Model," Working Papers 02.03, Eindhoven Center for Innovation Studies.
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