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International Journal of Engineering, Science and Technology Vol. x, No. x, 2014, pp. 30-41

INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF ENGINEERING, SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY www.ijest-ng.com www.ajol.info/index.php/ijest  2014 MultiCraft Limited. All rights reserved

When ETO companies design the supply chain during new product development process
R. Cigolini1, M. Pero1*, A. Sianesi1
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Department of Management, Economics and Industrial Engineering, Politecnico di Milano, ITALY Corresponding Author: E-mail: margherita.pero@polimi.it Phone: +39.02.2399.2819; Fax: .2700

Abstract This paper outlines the interface between product development process and supply chain configuration. It highlights the relevance of product features on the time the sourcing decisions are taken with respect to the product development phases. Multiple case studies in Engineer-To-Order (ETO) industries have been performed to investigate how companies configure the product development process and choose the timing of sourcing decisions along the process. Results suggest that the time companies take supply chain configuration decisions varies according to product features: high techno-logical complexity pushes companies to re-think their supply chain in the early phases of product development process, e.g. in terms of make-or-buy decisions and suppliers selection. The proposed framework helps decisions makers arrange the product development process by defining when supply chain configuration should take place. Keywords: Supply Chain, New Product Development, Engineer To Order, Supply Chain Design.. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.4314/ijest.v6i3.3S 1. Introduction The coordination of supply chain (SC) configuration with new product development process has become extremely relevant either to prevent product launch from failure or to enhance supply chain effectiveness (Van Hoek and Chapma 2006). The network…...

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