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The Collaboration Advantage: Customer-focused Partnerships in a Global Market
Survey data shows that companies want to improve their strategic business partnerships. Reflecting on lessons learned from past business relationships, 60

defines the resources and expertise needed for a given activity  understands suppliers' costs and defines a target price that discourages unreasonable cost estimates, but also allows the supplier to enjoy reasonable returns. Toyota demands a great deal from its component makers. Not only will Toyota thoroughly investigate potential partners for operational strengths and weaknesses a process that can take as long as five years from start to finish it also requests design inputs from each of its suppliers to integrate into detailed master production plans. This helps

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