Jennifer Priestley

DSc 9200

November 13, 2001


  1. Paper Selected – “Bridging Inter- and Intra-firm Boundaries: Management of Supplier Involvement in Automobile Product Development” Strategic Management Journal, 22, pp 403-433.


  1. Akira Takeishi, Institute of Innovation Research, Hitotsubashi University, Tokyo Japan.


  1. What is the most effective way to manage a supplier relationship?


  1. Applied Descriptive – The author explores the answer to the question above through a study of the Japanese Auto Industry.  


  1. Through 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 relevant were:      




  1. Any firm that has “preferred vendors” or manages outsourcing projects would find this article of interest.


  1. I found the Strategic Management Journal articles very interesting and applicable.