Title: Sustainable innovation management in the automotive supplier industry

Authors: Martin Neumann; Andreas Riel; Daniel Brissaud

Addresses: KSPG AG, Alfred-Pierburg-Straße 1, 41460 Neuss, Germany. ' Grenoble-INP, G-SCOP UMR5272, 46 av. Félix Viallet, Grenoble, F-38031, France. ' Grenoble-INP, G-SCOP UMR5272, 46 av. Félix Viallet, Grenoble, F-38031, France

Abstract: Innovative product development is highly dependent on new product ideas and information on the product during its complete life cycle. Especially in the automotive supplier industry, which obtains its competitive advantages by technological lead, innovation management has to analyse existing and new technologies and assess them with respect to their market success. To this aim, all the stakeholders involved throughout the complete product life cycle are valuable resources of knowledge, which are largely unexploited in current innovation management systems. A case study which links these theoretical principles with industry experiences shows that this approach can leverage company-wide sustainable innovation management.

Keywords: innovation management; sustainable innovation; product life cycle; knowledge management; technology planning; automotive suppliers; automobile industry; product development.

DOI: 10.1504/IJTIP.2011.045093

International Journal of Technology Intelligence and Planning, 2011 Vol.7 No.4, pp.327 - 343

Available online: 22 Jan 2012 *

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