Title: Evolution towards integrated product development in subsidiaries of multinational enterprises

Authors: Paul Coughlan, Emer Brady

Addresses: School of Business Studies, University of Dublin, Trinity College, Dublin 2, Ireland. ' School of Business Studies, University of Dublin, Trinity College, Dublin 2, Ireland

Abstract: This paper presents findings from a collaborative benchmarking project carried out among four subsidiaries of multinational manufacturing enterprises in Ireland. The research explored how these subsidiaries acquired specialised capabilities and broadened their mandates through generating their product development skills, and through establishing linkages between successive product development projects, with their own supply base and with management at corporate level.

Keywords: development capabilities; technical resources; organisational slack; integrated product development; MNE subsidiaries; multinational enterprises; MNEs; collaborative benchmarking manufacturing; Ireland.

DOI: 10.1504/IJTM.1996.025512

International Journal of Technology Management, 1996 Vol.12 No.7/8, pp.733 - 747

Published online: 22 May 2009 *

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