liu.seSearch for publications in DiVA
Change search
ReferencesLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link
Strategic consensus on manufacturing strategy content: including the operators' perceptions
Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden.
Linköping University, Department of Science and Technology, Communications and Transport Systems. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering. (Bygglogistik)
Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden.
2015 (English)In: International Journal of Operations & Production Management, ISSN 0144-3577, E-ISSN 1758-6593, Vol. 36, no 4, 429-466 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Purpose – Strategic consensus between operators and managers is an important means to accomplish a successful manufacturing strategy (MS) process. Previous studies largely left out individual operators from this concept. Therefore, the purpose of this paper was to empirically examine the level of strategic consensus on the MS within the operations function, that is, the operators’ and managers’ perceptions of MS.

Design/methodology/approach – Interviews were conducted with both operators and managers at three small and medium-sized enterprises in Sweden. The MS dimensions were selected based on previous research; the data was analysed by using thematic coding.

Findings – The study shows that the levels of strategic consensus on the MS vary among companies. Even when strategic consensus exists between operators and managers, their underlying reasons often differ. Furthermore, the levels of strategic consensus vary among MS dimensions. The companies’ usage of information-sharing channels, along with their size and position in the supply chain, can be important for the level of strategic consensus.

Originality/value – This paper contributes to the body of knowledge in three ways. First, it expands the scope of the MS dimensions under study, thus offering a stronger, resource-based perspective on MS and strategic consensus than what earlier studies showed. Second, it goes beyond the management level by including both managers and operators as the unit of analysis. Third, compared to previous research, it focuses on a new context and is based on indepth case studies.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Emerald Group Publishing Limited, 2015. Vol. 36, no 4, 429-466 p.
Keyword [en]
strategic consensus, manufacturing strategy, SME
National Category
Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-121657DOI: 10.1108/IJOPM-11-2013-0487ISI: 000379677500004OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-121657DiVA: diva2:858006
Available from: 2015-09-30 Created: 2015-09-30 Last updated: 2016-08-19

Open Access in DiVA

No full text

Other links

Publisher's full text

Search in DiVA

By author/editor
Fredriksson, Anna
By organisation
Communications and Transport SystemsFaculty of Science & Engineering
In the same journal
International Journal of Operations & Production Management
Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics

Search outside of DiVA

GoogleGoogle Scholar
The number of downloads is the sum of all downloads of full texts. It may include eg previous versions that are now no longer available

Altmetric score

Total: 40 hits
ReferencesLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link