Collaborative Concept Development Using Supplier Competitions: Insights from the Automotive Industry

Langner, Benedikt and Seidel, Victor (2009) Collaborative Concept Development Using Supplier Competitions: Insights from the Automotive Industry. Journal of Engineering and Technology Management, 26 (1-2). pp. 1-14.

Abstract

Firms may seek to collaborate with skilled suppliers not only to access existing technologies but also to jointly develop new concepts. We sought to examine the details of collaborative concept development through matched cases of novel convertible roof projects in the European automotive industry. The result is a three phase model marked by the use of supplier concept competitions to probe possible features and by the selective maintenance of distance to suppliers. Knowledge transfer and integration practices, differences depending on initial experience, and implications for managing such distributed systems of innovation are highlighted.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Concept development; Technological collaborations; Supplier involvement
Subject(s): Entrepreneurship
Strategy; Entrepreneurship & Global business
Centre: Entrepreneurship Centre
Faculty of Strategy, Entrepreneurship and International Business
Date Deposited: 19 Jan 2012 20:37
Last Modified: 23 Oct 2015 14:06
URI: http://eureka.sbs.ox.ac.uk/id/eprint/2049

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