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The influence of supply chain architecture on new product launch and performance in the high-tech industry

Tun-Chih Kou (Department of International Trade, Feng Chia University, Taichung, Taiwan)
Bruce C. Y. Lee (Graduate Institute of Business Administration, Fu Jen Catholic University, New Taipei, Taiwan)

Journal of Business & Industrial Marketing

ISSN: 0885-8624

Article publication date: 1 June 2015




The purpose of this study is to fill the gaps in previous literature and investigate the link between product launch performance and supply chain architecture and performance. During the past 20 years, most of the new product literature has focused on new product development and product innovation. Only a few product launches have been discussed in specific fields.


From the perspective of the manufacturer, interfunctional coordination, supply chain architecture and supply chain performance affect lean launch performance. Lean launches can also add value to product and marketing performance. A questionnaire was used to gather data from project, account and purchasing managers in the high-tech industry and to test the postulated research model and hypotheses. The conceptual model was tested using 242 usable questionnaires.


The results provide evidence that interfunctional coordination is the basis for improving supply chain architecture. The supply chain has a strong, positive effect on lean launch performance. Lean launch is vital to the successful performance of a new product. Although lean launch execution and supply chain performance affect marketing performance and new product performance, the direct effect on marketing performance is non-significant.


This study presents the characteristics of the supply chain architecture specific to the high-tech industry. The authors empirically tested and propose a model to explain how high-tech manufacturers build a solid supply chain and leverage the capabilities of suppliers to improve lean launch execution and new product performance.



Kou, T.-C. and Lee, B.C.Y. (2015), "The influence of supply chain architecture on new product launch and performance in the high-tech industry", Journal of Business & Industrial Marketing, Vol. 30 No. 5, pp. 677-687.



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