November 13, 2001
Selected – “Bridging Inter- and Intra-firm Boundaries: Management of
Supplier Involvement in Automobile Product Development” Strategic
Management Journal, 22, pp 403-433.
Takeishi, Institute of Innovation Research, Hitotsubashi University, Tokyo
is the most effective way to manage a supplier relationship?
Descriptive – The author explores the answer to the question above through
a study of the Japanese Auto Industry.
an in depth study of how the Japanese automakers manage their supplier
relationships, the author developed 6 hypotheses regarding these
relationships and then tested each one.
The primary hypotheses that were proven and found to be the most
component development project in which an automaker exercised early,
integrated problem solving with a supplier should exhibit a higher level
of design quality.
component development project in which an automaker and a supplier
communicate face-to-face frequently should exhibit a higher level of
component design quality.
component development project in which an automaker’s engineers had a
higher level of knowledge about the component should exhibit a higher
level of component design quality.
firm that has “preferred vendors” or manages outsourcing projects would
find this article of interest.
found the Strategic Management Journal articles very interesting and