Organizational separation of technologically uncertain NPD projects involving suppliers
2014 (English)Manuscript (preprint) (Other academic)
Increasingly, firms are searching for new technologies from suppliers outside firm boundaries through collaborative new product development (NPD). In these situations, it is not clear how firms rely on and achieve complementarity of relational and transactional governance mechanisms. Based on study of technologically uncertain NPD projects, it is determined that organizational separation is used as a way to achieve this complementarity. The findings stress that although transactional and relational governance are considered as complementary mechanisms, they are implemented in separate, but parallel processes in order to avoid potential counteracting effects of simultaneous use. The findings show that under circumstances of technological uncertainty, R&D engineers fulfil an important role in relational governance, while purchasing fulfils transactional governance tasks and is placed outside the NPD project.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
New Product Development; Uncertainty; Governance; Purchasing; Supplier Management; Asset specificity
Economics and Business
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-103937OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-103937DiVA: diva2:693239