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Will risk result in reward for Boeing’s Dreamliner?

The Boeing 787 Dreamliner has been making headlines since it was introduced to the public in 2003. Unfortunately, recent headlines have not been good. Boeing’s manufacturing decisions for their leading-edge airplane present a good case to examine when considering outsourcing versus vertical integration.

As MIT Sloan Senior Lecturer Donald B. Rosenfield asks in his class, Developing a Leading Edge Operations Strategy, “How much supply risk is too much?”

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