Evolving forms of manufacturing strategy development:evidence and implications


This paper outlines, using evidence from several case studies, the use of alternative forms of manufacturing strategy processes. Our investigation shows that the manufacturing strategy development practices of manufacturers are evolving in many directions; we found several alternatives to the formal top-down planning process. Manufacturers use one or more of the following alternatives with or without the top-down manufacturing strategy process: a coherent pattern of actions; manufacturing/process improvement programs; or the pursuit of core manufacturing capabilities. It appears that the various manufacturing strategy development processes may be tied to the strategic role of manufacturing in a company. This paper offers a framework that captures the relationship between the strategic role of manufacturing and the process of manufacturing strategy development. An in-depth case from a UK company illustrates the evolving forms of manufacturing strategy development processes.

Publication DOI: https://doi.org/10.1108/EUM0000000005971
Divisions: College of Business and Social Sciences > Aston Business School > Operations & Information Management
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Uncontrolled Keywords: case studies,core competences,improvement,manufacturing strategy
Publication ISSN: 1758-6593
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Published Date: 2001
Authors: Swamidass, Paul M.
Darlow, Neil
Baines, Tim (ORCID Profile 0000-0002-7518-2967)



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