Key success factors when implementing strategic manufacturing initiatives

Minarro-Viseras, Enrique, Baines, Timothy and Sweeney, Mike (2005). Key success factors when implementing strategic manufacturing initiatives. International Journal of Operations and Production Management, 25 (2), pp. 151-179.


Purpose – This paper reports the study of key success factors (KSFs) in the project management of the implementation of strategic manufacturing initiatives (SMIs). Design/methodology/approach – In order to gather the experience and knowledge of many industries, from different geographic locations, in a broad range of types and sizes of SMIs, a questionnaire-based survey of practitioners worldwide was selected as the most appropriate research method among those available. Findings – The identification of those tasks and activities that must be done well in order to succeed in the implementation of a SMI in practice. Practical implications – Practitioners focusing their attention on the KSFs identified are more likely to succeed. Once these factors have been identified, the value of benchmarking project management methodologies then comes from drawing attention to those tasks that are key to the success of the implementation of SMIs. Originality/value – The paper presents new thinking by bringing project management into the operations strategy implementation literature as an important mediating factor for success. In this context the factors that are required for successful implementation are identified.

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Divisions: Aston Business School > Operations & information management
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Uncontrolled Keywords: manufacturing systems,project management,strategic manufacturing
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Published Date: 2005
Authors: Minarro-Viseras, Enrique
Baines, Timothy
Sweeney, Mike



Version: Accepted Version

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