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Paper info: MANAGING PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS ACROSS FIRM BOUNDARIES - EXPERIENCES FROM THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY

Title


MANAGING PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS ACROSS FIRM BOUNDARIES - EXPERIENCES FROM THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY

Authors


Ann-Charlott Pedersen
Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Norway
Ann-Charlott Pedersen and
Elsebeth Holmen
Norwegian School of Information Technology
Norway
Elsebeth Holmen

Place of Publication


The paper was published at the 17th IMP-conference in Oslo, Norway in 2001.

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Abstract


In this paper, we discuss co-operative product development across firm boundaries. Firstly,we discuss reasons why innovation may beneficially be co-ordinated among firms, and weprovide some empirical evidence for the existence and significance of the phenomenon.Secondly, we discuss the relevance of co-operative innovation for the construction industrywhich, at present, is characterised by low degrees of innovation and co-operation. We thenpresent the results from a co-operative product development project within the constructionindustry. Lastly, we discuss managerial implications which may be drawn from the study inrelation to co-operative product development in the construction industry.