Discontinuous innovation in supply relationship management: Two cases and a future research direction

Richard Lamming, Fu Jia

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Innovation may be divided into two types: incremental and discontinuous (Tidd et al. 2009). The first of these refers to 'doing what is already done but better.' The latter may come through the emergence of a new technology, a completely new market or a new business model and refers to decision making under uncertainty. The focus of this chapter is the implementation of discontinuous innovation (DI) in supply chain relationships. The authors review two research-led projects: the development and implementation of the SCRIA (Supply Chain Relationship in Aerospace) Relationship Evaluation Tool (RET) and the development of the concept of Value-Transparency (V-T). Both projects originated in the authors' academic research in the early 1990s and were aimed at subsequent implementation in the context of supply chain relationships. One was successfully implemented; the other was not. The authors introduce future research exploring some supply relationship context-specific barriers and enablers in the implementation of radical concepts or DI through case based research method.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSupply Chain Innovation for Competing in Highly Dynamic Markets: Challenges and Solutions
Publisher IGI Global
Number of pages14
ISBN (Print)9781609605858
Publication statusPublished - 2011

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