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The impact of manufacturing and supply chain improvement initiatives: A survey comparing make-to-order and make-to-stock firms
Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Production Economics. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
Monash University, Australia.
2012 (English)In: Omega: The International Journal of Management Science, ISSN 0305-0483, E-ISSN 1873-5274, Vol. 40, no 2, 159-165 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Manufacturing firms aim at improving both internal and external processes to improve the competitive advantage. Such initiatives include lean practices as well as supplier rationalization and integration. In this paper, we analyze these improvement initiatives and their impact on business performance. In particular, we explore potential differences between make-to-order (MTO) and make-to-stock (MTS) firms. We use data from 216 Australian manufacturing firms. We find a clear difference of improvement focus between MTO and MTS firms. MTO firms exhibit a significant impact of supplier integration on business performance, but not for lean practices and supplier rationalization. The situation is completely reversed for MTS firms, since they have significant effects for internal lean practices and supplier rationalization, but not for logistics integration with supplier. The results show that the distinction between MTO and MTS firms is important when analyzing manufacturing and supply chain improvement initiatives. 

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Elsevier , 2012. Vol. 40, no 2, 159-165 p.
Keyword [en]
Business performance, Decoupling point, Lean practices, Logistics integration, Supplier integration, Survey research
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Engineering and Technology
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-71816DOI: 10.1016/ 000295312200003OAI: diva2:454019
Available from: 2011-11-04 Created: 2011-11-04 Last updated: 2013-01-18

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