Distribution of Manufacturing Strategy Decision-Making in Manufacturing Networks
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This paper is concerned with manufacturing strategy decision-making. In particular, we study how strategic decisions are distributed between the network level and manufacturing plants in manufacturing networks. We use data from 107 manufacturing plants. This research shows that manufacturing strategy decisionmaking (in terms of decision categories and policy areas) can be divided into three difference types: centralized at the network level, decentralized at the plant level, and integrated between central headquarter and local plants. All decision categories follow the same structure, i.e. one of the three types is applied to all decision areas. Thus, we do not find support for that some decision areas are centralized while others are decentralized. The levels of site competences are significantly related to these decision-making patterns, such that plants with high levels of decision autonomy have significantly higher levels of site competences than plants with other decision-making structures.
Decision categories, Exploratory study, Manufacturing strategy process, Survey research.
Engineering and Technology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-68664OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-68664DiVA: diva2:419527