Title: Early supplier involvement in new product development within the UK aerospace industry

Authors: Susan B. Grant

Addresses: 52 Gosberton Road, London SW12 8LF, UK

Abstract: Preliminary findings from survey and casework on the UK Lean Aerospace Initiative (LAI) programme have revealed strong collaboration and integration between customers and preferred suppliers in the area of new product development. The paper highlights not only some of the practices and methodologies that aerospace manufacturers have developed and adopted in integrating preferred suppliers in the product development process but, also, the potential benefits from closer integration at an early stage of the design cycle.

Keywords: new product development; integrated product teams; supplier involvement; UK aerospace industry.

DOI: 10.1504/IJEB.2003.004107

International Journal of Electronic Business, 2003 Vol.1 No.4, pp.329 - 346

Published online: 30 Mar 2004 *

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