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Authors: Francis Bidault (EDHEC - Business School); Hirokazu Kono (Keio University)
Published in: 1997
Length: 29 pages
Data source: Field research

Abstract

Fuji Xerox, one of the world leaders in the photocopier industry, was reviewing the past several years of product development activities. Among various efforts related to utilizing suppliers'' resources, the practice of involving suppliers early on in new product development referred to as ''Early Supplier Involvement, (ESI)'', was established at the Ebina plant in 1988. With a new series of projects appearing on the horizon, Mr Kobayashi, head of production engineering at the Ebina plant, suggested to his management team that a thorough review could help them cope more effectively with challenges ahead. He therefore set up a dedicated task force comprising representatives of several functional departments and product groups that were concerned with product/process development activities in general, and with the role of suppliers in particular.
Location:
Industry:
Size:
USD8 billion
Other setting(s):
1996

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Abstract

Fuji Xerox, one of the world leaders in the photocopier industry, was reviewing the past several years of product development activities. Among various efforts related to utilizing suppliers'' resources, the practice of involving suppliers early on in new product development referred to as ''Early Supplier Involvement, (ESI)'', was established at the Ebina plant in 1988. With a new series of projects appearing on the horizon, Mr Kobayashi, head of production engineering at the Ebina plant, suggested to his management team that a thorough review could help them cope more effectively with challenges ahead. He therefore set up a dedicated task force comprising representatives of several functional departments and product groups that were concerned with product/process development activities in general, and with the role of suppliers in particular.

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Location:
Industry:
Size:
USD8 billion
Other setting(s):
1996

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