Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to develop an integrated model, which incorporates the influence of different dimensions of power on various sub-components of continuous innovation in inter-firm networks using the product development process (PDP) as the unit of analysis. Design/methodology/approach – A theoretical framework is developed initially. The theoretical framework is supported by two illustrative examples from the aerospace industry. Semi-structured interviews, observation and template analysis are proposed as suitable data collection and analysis methods. Findings – The paper offers a view on how the PDP is facilitated and/or constrained due to this interweavement. The paper offers five tentative initial templates surrounding the themes discussed. Research limitations/implications – The conceptual framework is still in its nascent stage and requires substantial empirical work. As the relationships between power and knowledge in inter-firm networks are currently under-researched it might be worthwhile considering a qualitative approach to widen our understanding of the interrelationships of the concepts before embarking on a quantitative research endeavour. Originality/value – This paper provides a conceptual model of how four dimensions of power influence the integration of sub-components of continuous innovation throughout the high-phased stage-gate process in an inter-firm network.