V. (Vikrant) Sihag MSc

Rotterdam School of Management (RSM)
Erasmus University Rotterdam
ERIM PhD Candidate
Field: Logistics & Information Systems
Affiliated since 2013

PhD Track Inter-firm Governance : Controlling suppliers for product and process innovation

Firms rely on other organizations for product and process innovation projects. However, coordination of these inter-organizational activities is a challenge due to various control issues such as asymmetric information between partners in the supply chain, differences in risk aversion and opportunistic behavior. This study will examine the application and effectiveness of control mechanisms over suppliers during product development and process innovation projects in high-tech industries. Since the application of control mechanisms is contingent upon internal and external factors affecting inter-organizational relationships, this study will also assesses the effect of three contextual factors: transaction characteristics, project characteristics and environmental uncertainty. The results of this study will help in examining the effectiveness of control mechanisms to manage inter-organizational relationships during product and process innovation projects.

Organizational control, supply chain, new product development, process innovation, inter-organizational relationships
Time frame
2013 -


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