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Volvo Global Trucks and their system suppliers: an investigation through case studies of the mutual collaboration
2001 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (professional degree), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Pressures to accelerate innovation, the speed of change in market and technology, and the high cost for developing new products are encouraging companies to share skills and focus on their core competencies. This leads to that more and more companies outsource not only components, but also complete systems. The outsourcing of systems can create difficulties for both the out sourcing company and the supplier, i.e. the System Supplier. Therefore the collaboration with System Suppliers has become more and more important on today’s fast developing markets. This thesis work was designated to study how Volvo Global Trucks can improve the collaboration with their System Suppliers and use these conclusions to make the best selections of System Suppliers. The research problem is to investigate, analyse, and discuss, which factors that are important to improve the collaboration between purchasing companies and their suppliers, when involving the supplier in an early stage of the product development process. The study has been conducted through four case studies within four departments at Volvo Global Trucks in Gothenburg. Over thirty respondents have been interviewed within Volvo Global Trucks and also four interviews have been conducted at the System Suppliers involved in the investigated cases. The conclusion of the conducted thesis work is that the most important aspect to get the collaboration between a purchasing company and its System Suppliers satisfying is trust. Trust is the result of many separate aspects. These aspects must be detailed elaborated separately to the best solution, and from there trust can be developed. Trust must be developed by sharing information, communicate and work in the same way, adapt to each other, develop and specify detailed technical prerequisites to avoid misunderstanding and the involved people must work in a professional way.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2001.
Keyword [en]
Technology, System Suppliers, Collaboration, Purchasing
Keyword [sv]
Teknik
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URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-49969ISRN: LTU-EX--01/199--SELocal ID: 74444ac2-3d98-45b7-897d-caa4f968af2cOAI: oai:DiVA.org:ltu-49969DiVA: diva2:1023322
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Student thesis, at least 30 credits
Educational program
Industrial and Management Engineering, master's level
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Note
Validerat; 20101217 (root)Available from: 2016-10-04 Created: 2016-10-04Bibliographically approved

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