The description of the contribution of manufacturing to the innovation process is often limited to the task of providing the necessary information to enable the development function to create a design which is easy to manufacture, and to be instrumental in the fast ramp-up of the production process. Though these are important tasks, it is argued in this paper that there is a third aspect of manufacturing’s contribution to innovation, namely the creation of a manufacturing system which is favorable to product innovation. This goes far beyond the design of an appropriate production process, but requires the creation of a general manufacturing environment which is amenable to product innovation. This thesis is tested with data from a large survey of senior manufacturing managers.
product innovation, manufacturing, manufacturing environment, manufacturing managers
Business Administration, Management, and Operations | Technology and Innovation
Journal of High Technology Management Research
De Meyer, Arnoud.
The Manufacturing Contribution to Innovation. (1991). Journal of High Technology Management Research. 2, (2), 223-236. Research Collection Lee Kong Chian School Of Business.
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