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Global manufacturing strategies require “dynamic engineers”?: Case study in Finnish industries
Department of Production, University of Vaasa, Vaasa, Finland.
Department of Production, University of Vaasa, Vaasa, Finland.
Department of Production, University of Vaasa, Vaasa, Finland.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-8006-3236
Technical University of Kosice, Kosice, Slovakia.
2007 (English)In: Industrial management + data systems, ISSN 0263-5577, E-ISSN 1758-5783, Vol. 107, no 3, 326-344 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to study multifocused global manufacturing strategies under the influence of “China effect” taking the dynamic, complex and situational business strategies into account.

Design/methodology/approach – This study compares the competitive priorities of manufacturing strategies in four different types of companies with some international comparisons and one longitudinal case study for benchmarking. The analytical hierarchy process method also made it possible to compare inconsistencies in the answers between the companies.

Findings – As a result of these case studies, it is possible to understand the competitive priorities of manufacturing strategies for the case companies, to show the other companies the route for developments.

Practical implications – All four types of companies should grow internationally and utilize the developing countries as a means of lowering costs. Each type of company has its own special strategies to suit their markets. Companies in Western countries should utilize multifocused manufacturing strategies based on their business strategy in a holistic way, e.g. through responsiveness, agility and leanness concept, and to specialize through quality, e.g. by differentiating product and service technology for global high dynamic and complex business. Global sourcing in purchasing shall also be more and more used effectively for cost and productivity competitiveness.

Originality/value – The development steps, from technology specialist to problem solver, are proposed in this paper. Human resources have to be trained to be more “dynamic engineers,” all the time more also in industrial engineering and management.

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited, 2007. Vol. 107, no 3, 326-344 p.
Keyword [en]
Competitive advantage, Operations management, Strategic manufacturing, Globalization, Analytical hierarchy process
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Business Administration Environmental Management Other Mechanical Engineering Other Engineering and Technologies not elsewhere specified
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-133496DOI: 10.1108/02635570710734253OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-133496DiVA: diva2:1060655
Available from: 2016-12-29 Created: 2016-12-29 Last updated: 2016-12-29Bibliographically approved

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