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The use of ICT tools to support collaborative product development activities: evidences from Brazilian industry

Daisy Valle Enrique Néstor Fabián Ayala Mateus José do Rêgo Ferreira Lima Giuliano Almeida Marodin Lilia Gzara Alejandro Germán Frank About the authors

Abstract

Paper aims

This paper aims to understand the relationship between Information & Communication Technology (ICT), collaborative New Product Development (NPD) and customer satisfaction (NPD performance).

Originality

We target the relationship between ICT, collaborative NPD and NPD performance. ICT is assessed as a set of specific tools adopted by the companies.

Research method

We test the mediating role of collaborative practices in the effect of ICT tools on customer satisfaction (as NPD performance) by means of a survey of 105 Brazilian firms.

Main findings

Collaboration with customers and suppliers has an important role for customer satisfaction and the use of ICT has significant effect on NPD performance through the mediating role of collaborative practices.

Implications for theory and practice

Implementing only ICT tools is not enough to achieve higher level of success in NPD. Managers should first strength the relationship between stakeholders and then adopt ICT tools to support the cooperation.

Keywords
Collaborative practices; Information and communication technologies; New product development

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