Title: Lessons from co-development of a Single Vessel Processor: methodologies for managing innovation in customer-supplier networks

Authors: Richard Lamming, David Hajee, Mike Horrill, Graham Kay, John Staniforth, Mike Tobyn, Ming Li, Stewart MacGregor, Linda Newnes

Addresses: Centre for Research in Strategic Purchasing and Supply, School of Management, University of Bath, Bath, BA2 7AY, UK. Centre for Research in Strategic Purchasing and Supply, School of Management, University of Bath, Bath, BA2 7AY, UK. Department of Pharmacy and Pharmacology, University of Bath, Bath, BA2 7AY, UK. Department of Pharmacy and Pharmacology, University of Bath, Bath, BA2 7AY, UK. Department of Pharmacy and Pharmacology, University of Bath, Bath, BA2 7AY, UK. Department of Pharmacy and Pharmacology, University of Bath, Bath, BA2 7AY, UK. Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Bath, BA2 7AY, UK. Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Bath, BA2 7AY, UK. Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Bath, BA2 7AY, UK

Abstract: This article reports on the development of practical methodologies for managers seeking to deal with pre-competitive co-development of process technology, in networks that bring together customers and suppliers. Eschewing the simplistic notion of a simple linear supply ||chain||, the research focuses on the case of a supply network comprising five firms and a university, examining the ways in which technological innovation was managed within it. Action research was employed to develop two novel applications of theories and practices, operationalising innovation theories and the techniques of sociometry. Finally, we discuss the implications for supply chain managers working in networks.

Keywords: network; innovation; sociometry; pharmaceutical.

DOI: 10.1504/IJTM.2002.002996

International Journal of Technology Management, 2002 Vol.23 No.1/2/3, pp.21-39

Available online: 09 Jul 2003

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