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Role of supplier involvement and project leader in SNPD: a conceptual model and exploratory case study

Yuan Wang (University of Houston Victoria, Victoria, Texas, USA)
Jie Yang (University of Houston Victoria, Victoria, Texas, USA)

International Journal of Managing Projects in Business

ISSN: 1753-8378

Article publication date: 12 February 2021

Issue publication date: 20 May 2021

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Abstract

Purpose

This paper focusses on the factors to sustainable product development (SNPD) projects success. More specifically, it aims to explore and understand the role of supplier involvement (SI) within SNPD. Additionally, it investigates how effective project leaders can facilitate effective supplier involvement and enhance focal firm's ability to successfully carry out sustainable achievement in product development.

Design/methodology/approach

A theoretical framework among SI, SNPD, project leader's personality and leadership style has been established. Six interviews collected from different industries are used to further explore the relationship among SI, SNPD, leader's personality and leadership style.

Findings

The difficulties in managing suppliers, the timing and extent of supplier involvement, communication method and frequency, as well as supplier contribution and challenge in SNPD has been summarized. The interviews also confirmed that effective leaders who possess certain personality traits enable appropriate supplier involvement, promote prosperous SNPD and enhance the relationship between SI and SNPD performance by allowing individual members, teams and organizations to function well.

Originality/value

Sustainable new product development (SNPD) has been recognized as one of the key factors to achieve environmental and economic success. The paper explores the role of supplier involvement in SNPD project and emphasizes the role of project leaders in the process.

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Citation

Wang, Y. and Yang, J. (2021), "Role of supplier involvement and project leader in SNPD: a conceptual model and exploratory case study", International Journal of Managing Projects in Business, Vol. 14 No. 4, pp. 960-981. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJMPB-07-2020-0206

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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