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Designing Supply Chains for New Product Development by Antonio Arreola-Risa, Barry Keys

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Chapter 5

Accommodating Design Changes

Accommodating design changes during new product development is a nightmare for commercial development managers, primarily due to the ripple effect design changes have on all other aspects of product development, but more importantly, due to the impact the changes have on suppliers. While design changes may be perfectly legitimate for improving product life, quality, function, reducing cost, and so on, a system needs to be in place to control the timing and manner by which design changes are incorporated into the base technology. While this may be a relatively simple statement and should be completely obvious, once again, in practical terms, it can be extremely difficult to implement. Contracts get negotiated ...

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