Title: Extend sustainable new product development to suppliers: cases from the US computer and electronic industry

Authors: Yuan Wang

Addresses: University of Houston Victoria, 3007 N. Ben Wilson St., Victoria, TX 77901, USA

Abstract: Since the Brundtland Commission presented the concept of sustainable development in 1987 (WCED, 1987), sustainability has drawn greater attention from both academic researchers and business managers. This study evaluates the association between supplier involvement (SI) and the sustainable new product development (SNPD) process. Literature indicating equivocal results of supplier involvement in the conventional new product development projects and the study of involving suppliers in sustainable new product development has been lacking. Cases from the US computer and electronic industry have been collected and utilised to identify motivations, enablers, barriers, and performance evaluation of sustainable new product development, as well as supplier selection criteria, timing and extent of supplier involvement, and supplier contributions/challenges.

Keywords: sustainable new product development; SNPD; supplier involvement; case study.

DOI: 10.1504/IJLEG.2020.109610

International Journal of Logistics Economics and Globalisation, 2020 Vol.8 No.3, pp.224 - 242

Received: 11 Mar 2020
Accepted: 04 May 2020

Published online: 27 Aug 2020 *

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