Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science

, Volume 17, Issue 1, pp 73–82 | Cite as

Defining roles for logistics during routine and radical technological innovation

  • Patricia W. Meyers
  • Frances Gaither Tucker
Special Section


Technological innovation has become increasingly important to new product development in American industry because of the potential competitive advantage it offers. In this study extensive observation and interviewing over more than two years in one prominent Frtune 500 industrial manufacturer provides strong evidence that logistics can and does play important—and sometimes surprising—roles in the development and launch of new technological products. This article describes logistics activities during the development and launch of technological innovations, identifies key roles played by logistics, relates lessons learned and proposes directions for future research.


Product Development Technological Innovation Spare Part Radical Innovation Logistics Network 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Patricia W. Meyers
    • 1
  • Frances Gaither Tucker
    • 1
  1. 1.Syracuse UniversitySyracuseUSA

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