Bridging R&D and Manufacturing in High Tech Product Development: Comparing the Effects of Different Sourcing Strategies
2006 (English)In: the RD Management Conference in Windermere, England, July 5-7: The challenges and opportunities of RD management : new directions for research, 2006Conference paper (Other academic)
Regardless of whether manufacturing is conducted in-house or by external suppliers, it is necessary for the R&D department to have a basic understanding of manufacturing when developing high-tech products. This paper suggests that manufacturing is an important contributor in the development of absorptive capacity at the R&D department. Starting from a distinction between integrated and separated sourcing strategies, the paper shows how the selected sourcing strategy influences the possibilities for R&D-manufacturing interaction. The case study findings illustrate that a company that outsource manufacturing to external suppliers (separated sourcing strategy) primarily has to rely on formalized means for interaction, whereas there is a greater variety in the interaction process at a company that conducts manufacturing in-house (integrated sourcing strategy). The paper concludes by discussing how absorptive capacity is dependent on the geographical distance and organizational bonds between R&D and manufacturing, and on the management of interaction on an operational level.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Engineering and Technology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-14227OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-14227DiVA: diva2:22941