Purpose – Reviews the latest management developments across the globe and pinpoints practical implications from cutting‐edge research and case studies. Design/methodology/approach – This briefing is prepared by an independent writer who adds their own impartial comments and places the articles in context. Findings – For producers faced with the challenge of coping with the threat of low‐cost competition, co‐innovation within an integrated supplier network may be quite helpful. By working to coordinate the innovation efforts of assemblers and suppliers and also effectively implement relevant aspects of the Toyota Production System for bicycle production, Taiwan's A‐team has laid a good foundation. While some initiatives are still in the early stages, as a result of the A‐Team's work to date, A‐team membership has increased and the group has received considerable recognition both at home and abroad. Practical implications – Provides strategic insights and practical thinking that have influenced some of the world's leading organizations. Originality/value – The briefing saves busy executives and researchers hours of reading time by selecting only the very best, most pertinent information and presenting it in a condensed and easy‐to‐digest format.
Strategic Direction – Emerald Publishing
Published: May 23, 2008
Keywords: Suppliers; Networking; Innovation; Bicycles; Manufacturing systems; Taiwan