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Original equipment manufacturer (OEM)-supplier integration to prepare for production ramp-up
Department of Industrial Product Development, Production and Design, School of Engineering, Jönköping University, Jönköping, Sweden.
Department of Industrial Product Development, Production and Design, School of Engineering, Jönköping University, Jönköping, Sweden and School of Innovation, Design; Engineering, Mälardalen University, Eskilstuna, Sweden.
University of Gävle, Faculty of Engineering and Sustainable Development, Department of Industrial Development, IT and Land Management, Industrial economics. University of Gävle, Center for Logistics and Innovative Production. Department of Supply Chain and Operations Management, School of Engineering, Jönköping University, Jönköping, Sweden.
2019 (English)In: Journal of Manufacturing Technology Management, ISSN 1741-038X, E-ISSN 1758-7786, Vol. 30, no 2, p. 506-530Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Purpose

Although prior research provides evidence that production ramp-up is often disrupted by supplier-related problems, it fails to discuss how the original equipment manufacturer (OEM) and various types of suppliers integrate their functions and operations to secure preparations for production ramp-up. The purpose of this paper is to investigate OEM-supplier integration in a new product development (NPD) project to prepare for production ramp-up.

Design/methodology/approach

The results presented in this paper are based on a real-time, longitudinal study of a single collaborative NPD project in the mechanical engineering industry. The NPD project involves seven suppliers and it is carried out in a large Swedish company (the OEM) and fits the theory-elaborating approach of this research.

Findings

This study argues that the aspect of timing in OEM-supplier integration, the OEM's research and development (R&D) attitude toward collaboration and the OEM's (R&D) operating procedure are challenges affecting the preparation for production ramp-up. The following three mechanisms to facilitate OEM-supplier integration in order to prepare for production ramp-up are also discussed: the mediator's role, the OEM's face-to-face meeting at the project level and suppliers? formal face-to-face meetings with the OEM and internally.

Originality/value

This paper elaborates on and extends prior research on production ramp-up by conducting an empirical analysis that incorporates supplier integration in NPD. It bridges the gap between the literature on production ramp-up and on supplier integration in NPD and clearly indicates that supplier integration is an important prerequisite for successful production ramp-up.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Emerald , 2019. Vol. 30, no 2, p. 506-530
Keywords [en]
Product development, Production, Integration, Supplier relations, Start-ups, Suppliers
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Other Engineering and Technologies Economics and Business
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-28794DOI: 10.1108/JMTM-05-2018-0156ISI: 000459508200011Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85058096456OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hig-28794DiVA, id: diva2:1269509
Available from: 2018-12-10 Created: 2018-12-10 Last updated: 2019-08-12Bibliographically approved

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