Lessons from Using Supplier Guest Engineers in the Automotive Industry

Twigg, David and Slack, Nigel (1998) Lessons from Using Supplier Guest Engineers in the Automotive Industry. International Journal of Logistics Research and Applications, 1 (2). pp. 181-192. ISSN 1367-5567

Full content URL: http://doi.org/10.1080/13675569808962047

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This paper examines the role of supplier guest engineers in the development of new products within the UK automotive industry. Guest engineers are technical specialists who reside for a period of time within the vehicle manufacturer—in either a design or a production engineering role. The paper draws upon data from two studies of supplier involvement in automotive product development. It reports on the roles and responsibilities of these supplier engineers and presents a number of lessons that can be learned by vehicle manufacturer and supplier when employing this form of inter-firm coordination mechanism. The findings indicate that a variety of roles exist, at different phases of the product development process. Tour provisional types of guest engineer have been identified from in-depth interviews with vehicle manufacturers and suppliers. The recognition of these different roles is important for suppliers involved in or proposing closer cooperation in product development, since each alters the type of relationship and expectations of both parties.

Additional Information:The final published version of this article can be accessed online at https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/13675569808962047
Keywords:Supplier, Product development, Engineers, Coordination
Subjects:N Business and Administrative studies > N200 Management studies
H Engineering > H100 General Engineering
Divisions:Lincoln International Business School
ID Code:30259
Deposited On:23 Aug 2018 09:36

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