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Linking product, suply chain, process, and manufacturing planning and control design
Linköping University, The Institute of Technology. Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Production Economics.
2009 (English)In: Supply chain management and knowledge management - integrating critical perspectives in theory and practice, Houndsmills: Palgrave , 2009, 1, 199-225 p.Chapter in book (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The purpose of this article is to analyze the relationships among the design aspects of products, supply chains, manufacturing processes, and manufacturing planning and control (MPC) systems. Theory suggests that product characteristics should be taken into account when deciding upon supply chain design, process choice and the selection of MPC approaches. Here, we test these relationships empirically as well as explore the interaction among the latter three strategic decision areas, based on a questionnaire survey with data from 128 manufacturing firms. The fundamental theoretical models that we consider are the product-supply chain model by Fisher (1997), the product-process matrix by Hayes and Wheelwright (1979), and the systems-strategy model for linking MPC system choices to product characteristics by Berry and Hill (1992). These models have been tested before, but only one at the time. Here, we provide a comprehensive analysis of the four decision areas. We find some support for the basic theoretical models. In the relationships among supply chain, process, and MPC approaches, we find some interesting and non-intuitive results that are discussed. We hope that these results contribute to the understanding of the relationships among these factors and new insights to both theory and practice.

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Houndsmills: Palgrave , 2009, 1. 199-225 p.
Keyword [en]
empirical analysis, operations management, supply chain management, survey
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Engineering and Technology
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-43897Local ID: 75052ISBN: 0-230-57343-6ISBN: 978-02-305734-3-7OAI: diva2:264758
Available from: 2009-10-10 Created: 2009-10-10 Last updated: 2013-05-03Bibliographically approved

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