Internal and external integration and its effect on manufacturing firms´ competitiveness
2006 (English)In: Proceedings of EurOMA Conference 2006 in Glasgow, June, 2006, and at the 7th International CINet Conference in Lucca, Italy, 10-12 September, 2006, 2006Conference paper (Refereed)
Many authors highlight the importance of looking outside the focal firm for sources of innovation and future revenue. The failure to do so, can render the company less competitive in the short term, and prove lethal in case of disruptive shift in customer preferences or technology. The sources of innovation can also reside within the firm, and it is important to ensure frequent communication between different departments in order to harness effectively the firms’ inherent innovative capabilities. However, for integration to be desirable, the benefits from integrating various sources should support the overall objective of the firm. These benefits should be lower cost, for the price sensitive firms, and higher level of innovation for more innovative firms. Based on a large-scale survey, this paper will explore whether such integration does bring the intended benefits, and also if there is any other effect on several other performance indicators.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Survey, Internal and External Integration, Manufacturing
Other Mechanical Engineering
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-7388OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-7388DiVA: diva2:12400
QC 201011222007-07-242007-07-242012-01-09Bibliographically approved