Centre for Process Excellence and Innovation

Product & Process Innovation

Innovation is the successful exploitation of a new product, process or technology. Innovation can happen in either radical or incremental changes to products, processes or services, and can be closed or open in nature. Our main interests lie with the actual innovation process, how it be can fostered within organisations, as well as the transition from the internal combustion engine towards alternative powertrains in the automotive industry.

Firm-Level Innovation

Innovation requires both development of firm resources required to innovate, and the ability to profit from those innovations.

Lévesque, M., Joglekar, N. and Davies, J. (2012) "A comparison of revenue growth at recent-IPO and established firms: the influence of SG&A, R&D and COGS." Journal of Business Venturing, 21(1): 47-61 (DOI: 10.1016/j.jbusvent.2010.08.001)

Lawson, B., Samson, D. and Roden, S. (2012) "Appropriating the value from innovation: inimitability and the effectiveness of isolating mechanisms." R&D Management, 42(5): 420-434 (DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-9310.2012.00692.x)

Supplier Involvement in NPD

Firms increasingly involve suppliers in their new product design and development processes. Our research sheds light on managing at the intersection of supply chain design and product design.

Lawson, B. and Potter, A. (2012) "Determinants of knowledge transfer in inter-firm new product development projects." International Journal of Operations and Production Management, 32(10): 1228-1247 (DOI: 10.1108/01443571211274530)

Cousins, P.D., Lawson, B., Petersen, K.P. and Handfield, R.B. (2011) "Breakthrough scanning, supplier knowledge exchange and new product development performance." Journal of Product Innovation Management, 28(6): 930-942 (DOI: 10.1111/j.1540-5885.2011.00854.x)

Lawson, B., Cousins, P.D., Petersen, K.J. and Handfield, R.B. (2009) "Knowledge sharing in interorganizational product development teams: the effect of formal and informal socialization mechanisms." Journal of Product Innovation Management, 26(2): 156-172 (DOI: 10.1111/j.1540-5885.2009.00343.x)

Potter, A. and Lawson, B. (2013) "Help or hindrance? Causal ambiguity and supplier involvement in new product development teams." Journal of Product Innovation Management, 30(4): 794-808 (DOI: 10.1111/jpim.12027)

Alternative Powertrains in Automotive

The Internal Combustion Engine (ICE) is being challenged by new powertrain technologies, such as all-electric, hybrid and hydrogen fuel cells. How established and de novo firms respond to this technological evolution is of interest.

Holweg, M. (2013) "Where firm level innovation and industrial policy meet: consensus roadmaps for low-carbon powertrain technologies." Journal of Product Innovation Management (forthcoming)

Amin, M. (2013) "Embracing technological evolution: the role of innovation type, incumbency, and absorptive capacity." Working Paper.

Please contact Dr Dr Benn Lawson to find out more.

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