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Differentiating manufacturing focus
Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Production Economics . Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
2006 (English)In: International Journal of Production Research, ISSN 0020-7543, Vol. 44, no 18-19, 3863-3878 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In order for a manufacturing firm to be competitive, by supporting the market requirements through the manufacturing function, manufacturing should focus on a narrow set of tasks. Focused manufacturing is concerned with the perspectives when designing a manufacturing facility, be it a factory, plant, or plant within a plant. Traditionally, focus has been on the product, the process, or the manufacturing task based on competitive priorities (order winners and qualifiers). So far, the literature implies that a certain facility should have only one focus. In this paper, we present a framework that differentiates focus with respect to different parts of the manufacturing value chain. The point around which focus needs to be differentiated is the customer order decoupling point. We associate alternative types of focus relative to the customer order decoupling point, separating the upstream and downstream parts, and create a framework for choosing focus and how to differentiate manufacturing focus.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2006. Vol. 44, no 18-19, 3863-3878 p.
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Engineering and Technology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-14543DOI: 10.1080/00207540600702290OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-14543DiVA: diva2:23679
Available from: 2007-05-25 Created: 2007-05-25
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1. Manufacturing Strategy, Capabilities and Performance
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Manufacturing Strategy, Capabilities and Performance
2007 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This dissertation addresses the topic of manufacturing strategy, especially the manufacturing capabilities and operational performance of manufacturing plants. Manufacturing strategy research aims at providing a structured decision making approach to improve the economics of manufacturing and to make companies more competitive.

The overall objective of this thesis is to investigate how manufacturing companies make use of different manufacturing practices or bundles of manufacturing practices to develop certain sets of capabilities, with the ultimate goal of supporting the market requirements. The thesis aims to increase the understanding of the role of operations management and its immediate impact on manufacturing performance. Following the overall research objective three areas are identified to be of particular interest; to investigate (i) the relationship among different dimensions of operational performance, (ii) the way different performance dimensions are affected by manufacturing practices or bundles of manufacturing practices, (iii) whether there are contingencies that may help explain the relationships between dimensions of manufacturing capabilities or the effects of manufacturing practices or bundles of manufacturing practices on operational performance.

The empirical elements in this thesis use data from the High Performance Manufacturing (HPM) project. The HPM project is an international study of manufacturing plants involving seven countries and three industries.

The research contributes to several insights to the research area of manufacturing strategy and to practitioners in manufacturing operations. The thesis develops measurements for and tests the effects of several manufacturing practices on operational performance. The results are aimed at providing guidance for decision making in manufacturing companies. The most prominent implication for researchers is the manifestation of the customer order decoupling point as an important contingency variable to consider when studying manufacturing operations.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Linköping: Institutionen för ekonomisk och industriell utveckling, Linköpings universitet, 2007. 33 p.
Series
Linköping Studies in Science and Technology. Dissertations, ISSN 0345-7524 ; 1108
Keyword
Manufacturing Strategy, Manufacturing Capabilities, Operational Performance, Empirical Research, Contingency Factors
National Category
Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-8962 (URN)978-91-85831-72-2 (ISBN)
Public defence
2007-06-08, A1, Hus A, Campus Valla, Linköpings universitet, Linköping, 13:15 (English)
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Available from: 2007-05-25 Created: 2007-05-25 Last updated: 2013-04-11

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