Title: Role of automotive engineering changes in an emerging market

Authors: A.S. Balakrishnan; Jayshree Suresh

Addresses: School of Management, SRM University, Kattankulathur – 603203, Tamil Nadu, India ' Loyola Institute of Business Administration (LIBA), Loyola Campus, Nungambakkam, Chennai 600034, Tamilnadu, India

Abstract: This paper examines the impact of automotive engineering changes (ECs) on the new product development (NPD) performance in the emerging market of India. For the purpose of measurement, an integrated framework is developed and applied. The framework consists of four constructs - significance of ECs, ECs involvement with NPD, ECs influence on material planning and logistics (MP&L) deliverables in NPD and overall NPD project performance. The study involved a total of 249 automotive engineers and managers from original equipment manufacturers (OEM) and suppliers of the automobile market. Research outcome presents that the impact of ECs in overall NPD project performance. The paper also presents the scope, limitations, and conclusions of the study as well as the implications for future research.

Keywords: automotive; emerging market; engineering change; new product development; material planning and logistics; MP&L; original equipment manufacturers; OEMs; India.

DOI: 10.1504/IJLSM.2021.115482

International Journal of Logistics Systems and Management, 2021 Vol.39 No.2, pp.164 - 184

Received: 09 Feb 2019
Accepted: 03 Jun 2019

Published online: 01 Jun 2021 *

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