Managing A Global Partnership Model: Lessons from the B oeing 787 ‘Dreamliner’ Program

Kotha, S and Srikanth, K (2013) Managing A Global Partnership Model: Lessons from the B oeing 787 ‘Dreamliner’ Program. Global Strategy Journal, 3 (1). pp. 41-66. ISSN 2042-5791

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Little research has examined the integration challenges in globally disaggregated value chains in a complex NPD effort or the tools managers use to overcome such challenges. Drawing on B oeing's 787 program, we highlight integration challenges B oeing faced and how it addressed them through recourse to partial co‐location, establishing a centralized integration support center, reintegrating some activities performed by suppliers, and using its bargaining power to facilitate changes. The integration tools B oeing employed were geared toward two primary objectives: (1) gaining increased visibility of actions and visibility of knowledge networks across partner firms; and (2) motivating partners to take actions to improve visibility. These findings add empirical traction to the theoretical debate around the integration tools and the role of authority in the knowledge‐based view of the firm.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Business Strategy
Date Deposited: 22 Nov 2023 08:07
Last Modified: 22 Nov 2023 08:07

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