Supplier Development Literature Review and Key Future Research Areas

Muddassir Ahmed, Linda Hendry
2012 International Journal of Engineering and Technology Innovation  
The purpose of this paper is to develop a Supplier Development (SD) literature framework and identify the main focus areas in SD research. To this end, a comprehensive review of the existing SD academic literature has been undertaken, which includes 62 research papers. These papers are classified according to their research content and the research methodology employed. A comprehensive list of future research areas is also presented. Thus, this paper will also briefly explore proposed future
more » ... earch. The review of the SD literature presented here identifies the following main areas of focus: Supplier Development Activities, Practices and Success Factors; Direct or Indirect Supplier Development; Supplier Development as a Reactive or Strategic Process; Supplier Development in a Lean Six Sigma & SME context.
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