Driving and enabling factors for purchasing involvement in product development

Finn Wynstra*, Björn Axelsson, Arjan Van Weele

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This article is the second in a series of two focusing on the involvement of suppliers and, more specifically, the purchasing function in product development. The first article introduced a framework defining purchasing involvement in product development in terms of a series of specific activities across four different management areas. This second article extends the framework into a basic contingency model by identifying driving and enabling factors that influence the need for and the ability of firms to carry out the various activities from our framework. In that way, it provides indications in which situations certain activities are more important than others and suggestions as to how to enable an organisation to perform purchasing involvement in product development in an effective and efficient way.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)129-141
Number of pages13
JournalEuropean Journal of Purchasing and Supply Management
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2000
Externally publishedYes

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Funding Information:
This research has been funded in part by the research council of the Dutch Association for Purchasing Management (NEVI), and in Sweden by the National Board for Industrial and Technical Development (NUTEK) and Marketing Technology Centre (MTC). Additionally, the Institute for the Study of Business Markets (ISBM) has acted as a partial sponsor of this work. Helpful comments from colleagues at the Centre for Research in Strategic Purchasing and Supply (University of Bath) are gratefully acknowledged.


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