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To Evaluate or use Past Experience? Collecting Information for Supplier Selectionunder Technological Uncertainty in New Product Development
Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Business Administration. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
2013 (English)In: NFF 2013: On Practice and Knowledge Eruptions, Nordic Academy of Management , 2013, 106-106 p.Conference paper, Abstract (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Increasingly, firms involve external companies in the innovation process to integrate new technology. However, under technological uncertainty, it may not be obvious which will be the most suitable technology to incorporate. Few studies have investigated how technological uncertainty affects firms’ supplier selection for new product development (NPD). Hence, this paper aims to investigate how firms select suppliers for collaborative NPD under varied levels of technological uncertainty. This research is based on seven case studies in which 53 interviews were conducted. Two strategies for supplier selection under technological uncertainty are discussed. These are based on an evaluation of: (i) the supplier’s present situation and (ii) previous experience. The findings show that technological capabilities were an important criterion in the assessment of suppliers both in projects with low and high technological uncertainty. Moreover, in projects with high technological uncertainty, relational capabilities were also important. 

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Nordic Academy of Management , 2013. 106-106 p.
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Engineering and Technology
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-98048OAI: diva2:651598
22nd Nordic Academy of Management Conference, Reykjavik, Island, 21-23 August 2013
Available from: 2013-09-26 Created: 2013-09-26 Last updated: 2014-03-24Bibliographically approved

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