From Tinkering Around The Edge To Enhancing Revenue Growth: Supply Chain-New Product Development

van Hoek, Remko and Chapman, Paul (2006) From Tinkering Around The Edge To Enhancing Revenue Growth: Supply Chain-New Product Development. Supply Chain Management: An International Journal, 11 (5). pp. 385-389.


Purpose – To expand beyond existing research on the integration of supply chain and new product development that has a limited focused on the need to pre-inform supply chain before product launch, the need for new product development to consider the impact of product design on supply chain operations and research has focused on ensuring product availability at the product launch.

Design/methodology/approach – This research note suggests avenues forward and areas for practice and research to progress.

Findings – The existing and limited focus on involving supply chain in new product development overlooks several central issues and opportunities that companies are beginning to explore and that can be supported by research. In particular the opportunity to focus on leveraging supply chain in new product development, for greater market impact and revenue growth.

Practical implications – Addressing the path forward, beyond limited approaches requires greater alignment between new product development and supply chain, it requires a focus that goes beyond just ensuring product availability and it requires alignment much further upstream in the new product development process. Examples of early progress in companies are provided.

Originality/value – In addition to summarizing existing research, new avenues for research and practice are offered that can tremendously improve alignment and the contribution of supply chain on new product development, for the good of the company as a whole. Specific research areas are suggest to enable research to support the realization of the path forward in this area.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Supply Chain Management; Product Development
Subject(s): Project management
Operations management
Centre: BT Centre for Major Programme Management
Faculty of Operations Management
Date Deposited: 22 Jan 2012 17:46
Last Modified: 23 Oct 2015 14:06

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