An important trend in New Product Development Projects (NPDP) is to extend the involvement of suppliers in order to enlarge the scope of the firms' competencies. Thus, the focal firms in this activity of network design express a need for methods and tools in order to effectively manage these particular relations which we call in a generic way collaborative design. This paper is the first step of an on going research aiming at describing the issue of supplier performance evaluation in this specific context. The model presented in this paper was built with the collaboration of six French industrial manufacturers, partners of the PRAXIS research project (Performance in Relationships Adapted to eXtended Innovation with Supplier).
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