Introduction

Research and development (R&D) supply chains are often times developed without the process discipline and rigor that typically characterize the development of products emerging from R&D programs. As such, this text attempts to fill a gap experienced by everyday supply chain practitioners involved in research and new product development, who are migrating their products to full commercialization, as well as to help anyone looking to improve the overall effectiveness and efficiency of their supply chain.

When new products are developed, a significant divide typically emerges when trying to commercialize the product while simultaneously attempting to meet project demands for cost, schedule, and quality. Simply put, in many cases the ...

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