Manufacturing technology sourcing practices in the USA


Some companies are heavily reliant on the capabilities of their manufacturing technology for product competitiveness. Likewise, the capabilities of a manufacturing technology are dependent on the sourcing policy that the host company practices. This paper describes research that has explored a wide variety of US companies to understand manufacturing technology sourcing policies and how they have been formed. This research finds that there is a preference amongst the US organizations studied not to become involved with equipment manufacture, though some examples of full integration do occur. These policies are not determined by formalized decision processes, rather they are formed implicitly during technology choice. In this research, factors that influence a technology source have been identified. These drivers are then used to establish a methodology that will help practising managers to form a technology sourcing decision. This methodology takes into account the business demands placed on a technology, along with the characteristics of the host company's supplier base.

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Divisions: College of Business and Social Sciences > Aston Business School > Operations & Information Management
Additional Information: This is an Author's Accepted Manuscript of an article published in Baines, T. S. (1999). Manufacturing technology sourcing practices in the USA. International journal of production research, 37(4), 939-956. International journal of production research 1999 © Taylor & Francis, available online at:
Publication ISSN: 1366-588X
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Published Date: 1999
Authors: Baines, T.S. (ORCID Profile 0000-0002-7518-2967)



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