Talented suppliers? Strategic change and innovation in the UK aerospace industry

Smith, D.J. ORCID: 0000-0001-7359-8451 and Tranfield, D., 2005. Talented suppliers? Strategic change and innovation in the UK aerospace industry. R & D Management, 35 (1), pp. 37-49. ISSN 0033-6807

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The 1990s marked the start of extensive re-structuring in the aerospace industry throughout the world. While the ensuing consolidation among prime contractors has been widely researched, the changes affecting the aerospace supply chain have received less attention. This study focuses on the re-structuring taking place within the supply chain of the UK aerospace industry. The findings point to extensive re-structuring. Unlike most earlier studies the lean supply model was found to be a powerful influence, with suppliers moving away from subcontractor status and instead taking on the mantle of ‘talented’ suppliers. While some of the implications of lean supply, in terms of the dynamics of innovation, were not apparent, there were modest signs of increased process innovation on the part of some suppliers.

Item Type: Journal article
Description: The definitive version is available at www.blackwell-synergy.com
Publication Title: R & D Management
Creators: Smith, D.J. and Tranfield, D.
Publisher: Blackwell
Place of Publication: Oxford
Date: 2005
Volume: 35
Number: 1
ISSN: 0033-6807
Divisions: Schools > Nottingham Business School
Record created by: EPrints Services
Date Added: 09 Oct 2015 09:50
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2017 13:12
URI: https://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/3689

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