Designing and managing manufacturing networks: a survey of Swedish plants
2009 (English)In: Production planning & control (Print), ISSN 0953-7287, E-ISSN 1366-5871, Vol. 20, no 2, 101-112 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
The design and management of the manufacturing network for a firm is an important factor for its competitive position. By manufacturing network we mean the plant or plants of a manufacturing firm and the relationships with external suppliers. The way that these operate together is crucial for supporting the competition of the products in the marketplace. This article presents the results of a survey of 106 Swedish manufacturing plants. We find that the markets and supply networks of Swedish plants are global, but there is a focus on Europe. The main reason for locating a plant in Sweden is proximity to skills and knowledge, and we find no pure low-cost plants. The overall level of site competence is very high. There are many significant differences between how internal and external suppliers are selected. The choice of internal suppliers, i.e. those suppliers in the manufacturing network that belong to the same firm, is to a large extent based on a single corporate decision reflecting quality and competence, while external suppliers are chosen based on quality, price and delivery dependability considerations. This study provides a broad analysis of the manufacturing networks in which Swedish plants operate, and the roles of these plants.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Taylor & Francis, 2009. Vol. 20, no 2, 101-112 p.
empirical analysis, operations management, supply chain management, survey research, Sweden
Engineering and Technology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-17137DOI: 10.1080/09537280802705252ISI: 000263561600002OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-17137DiVA: diva2:202127
This is an electronic version of an article published in:Andreas Feldmann, Jan Olhager and Fredrik Persson, Designing and managing manufacturing networks-a survey of Swedish plants, 2009, PRODUCTION PLANNING and CONTROL, (20), 2, 101-112.PRODUCTION PLANNING and CONTROL is available online at informaworldTM: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09537280802705252Copyright: Taylor & Francishttp://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/default.asp2009-03-232009-03-072014-03-18Bibliographically approved