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A taxonomy of international manufacturing networks
KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Industrial Economics and Management (Dept.).ORCID iD: 0000-0002-1185-3696
Lund Univ, Dept Ind Management & Logist, SE-22100 Lund, Sweden..
2019 (English)In: Production planning & control (Print), ISSN 0953-7287, E-ISSN 1366-5871, Vol. 30, no 2-3, p. 163-178Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Manufacturing firms with multiple product groups do not need to involve all factories in the production of all product groups. Some factories may specialize on a small set of products, while others participate in the manufacturing of a broader set of products. However, current theories on international manufacturing networks do not explain in detail how organizations design international manufacturing networks for different products or product groups involving different sets of factories. This research investigates 20 product group networks at five global manufacturing firms. We distinguish between three types of factories: component manufacturing factories, assembly factories, and integrated factories (having both component manufacturing and assembly). Furthermore, we identify four network types: linear, divergent, convergent, and mixed structures. These four types exhibit distinctly different characteristics in terms of key characteristics, factory roles, product types, process types, market types, sourcing, and key managerial challenges. Most networks are relatively small - on an average consisting of four factories and some contain a number of subnetworks that are self-sufficient in terms of material flow and serve separate market regions. We identify two new types of factory roles related to component manufacturing competences, which we call 'strategic feeder' and 'full lead'.

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TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD , 2019. Vol. 30, no 2-3, p. 163-178
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Case study research, configuration, coordination, exploratory study, factory roles, global operations, multi-plant network, subnetworks
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Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-251363DOI: 10.1080/09537287.2018.1534269ISI: 000465008000006Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85064546665OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-251363DiVA, id: diva2:1315374
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Available from: 2019-05-13 Created: 2019-05-13 Last updated: 2019-05-23Bibliographically approved

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