To evaluate or to use past experience?: Collecting information for supplier selection under technological uncertainty in new product development projects
2014 (English)Manuscript (preprint) (Other academic)
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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Product development; supplier involvement; supplier selection; technological uncertainty; information asymmetry; case studies
Economics and Business
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-103940OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-103940DiVA: diva2:693243