Purpose of this paper: Suppliers are becoming more and more important in the development of new products since firms are increasingly relying on suppliers to develop products with competitive technology. Not only do firms need to select the best available technology, but the most suitable supplier for the New Product Development, NPD, also has to be selected.
Design/methodology: The paper is based on a case study of a joint development project between ABB and SKF.
Findings: This paper describes the assessment-selection-integration process of involving suppliers in NPD, and investigates how different factors and mechanisms are related to the process. While most studies focus on one part of this process, this study gives an overview of the entire process and how the different parts affect other parts of the process. From the case, a model is developed which demonstrates how the processes of supplier involvement are related and affect each other. Additionally, the model classifies a number of elements that are of importance to the different stages of the supplier involvement process.
Research limitations/implications: This is a single case study and thus generalization is limited.
Practical implications: The results of this study suggest requirements that should be applied in supplier assessment, factors for supplier selection and elements that facilitate integration.
Value of paper: The results of the study contribute to the supply management field by adding a useful study of supplier involvement in NPD.