An investigation into manufacturing technology sourcing practices


This paper investigates the decisions that companies make when choosing the source of their manufacturing technology. It builds on previous research that has identified differences between the practices of US and Japanese manufacturing companies. A structured study of manufacturing technology sourcing practices at 14 US-based manufacturing companies is described. This research has confirmed that there is a trend in the companies studied to acquire manufacturing technology from sources external to their organisations. However, no formal processes are used to form these policies. When a rationale for this behaviour was sought, companies gave a series of reasons concerned with business focus, efficiency of technology acquisition, and the extent, defence and support of manufacturing capabilities.

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Divisions: College of Business and Social Sciences > Aston Business School > Operations & Information Management
Additional Information: This is an electronic version of an article published in Baines, T., Whitney, D., & Kay, J. M. (1998). An investigation into manufacturing technology sourcing practices. International journal of logistics research and applications, 1(2), 127-139. International journal of logistics research and applications is available online at:
Publication ISSN: 1469-848X
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Published Date: 1998
Authors: Baines, Timothy (ORCID Profile 0000-0002-7518-2967)
Whitney, Dan
Kay, John M.



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