Thèse de doctorat en Sciences de Gestion
Sous la direction de Thomas Johnsen, Richard Calvi et de Mihalis Giannakis.
Thèses en préparation à Nantes , dans le cadre de Ecole doctorale Droit, Economie-Gestion, Sociétés, Territoires (Nantes) depuis le 01-04-2012 .
Research shows that early and extensive involvement of key suppliers is widely regarded as critical to improving New Product Development (NPD) performance (Johnsen, 2009; Petersen et al, 2005). Particularly, the concept of Early Supplier Involvement (ESI) is seen as a way to capitalize on suppliers’ complementary capabilities and a route to achieve superior design for manufacture. Various organisational functions interact with suppliers as part of technological development activities, not least Purchasing, which can perform an important go-between function and facilitate ESI processes (Wynstra et al, 2000). However, recent studies (e.g. Bessant et al, 2005; Phillips et al, 2006) have explored the role of suppliers in discontinuous innovation (DI); in other words innovations that fundamentally break with existing technological paradigms. These studies suggest that under the conditions of discontinuous innovation the “rules of the game” change; companies need to source new technologies from unfamiliar industries and from outside existing supply chains. Pursuing traditional ESI may therefore be the wrong strategy if companies want to pursue DI. Very little research exists that have explored how DI may change the need for and processes of ESI and the role of Purchasing in facilitating this process. The research will be based on a deductive and an exploratory approach through 5 case studies using qualitative in-depth interviews. The case studies will be initiated by a Delphi study: a gathering of senior practitioners and academics to explore the future of purchasing and supplier involvement in different types of innovation.
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