Linking networks and plant roles: The impact of changing a plant role
2013 (English)In: International Journal of Production Research, ISSN 0020-7543, E-ISSN 1366-588X, Vol. 51, no 19, 5696-5710 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Many manufacturing firms are expanding their global footprint to explore new opportunities for efficient and effective production. The strategic perspective on international manufacturing networks involves both the network level and the plant level. A key aspect is the relationship between the network and the role of plants. In this research, we investigate the relationship between the network and plant perspectives in international manufacturing networks. We use an embedded case study that includes five plants in two product networks over a period of three years. We analyse how changing the role of one plant affects the network as well as the roles of the other plants in the networks. We find that decisions on plant roles are, to a very high degree, network decisions and not decisions for individual plants. Based on the insights into the case study, we also develop a framework for mapping manufacturing networks, including market coverage, plant location and site competence.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Taylor & Francis, 2013. Vol. 51, no 19, 5696-5710 p.
Case study, Global operations, International manufacturing, Longitudinal study, Manufacturing strategy
Engineering and Technology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-68668DOI: 10.1080/00207543.2013.778429ISI: 000325069700003OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-68668DiVA: diva2:419531