Linking network targets and site capabilities : a conceptual framework to determine site contributions to strategic manufacturing network targets

Item Type Journal paper
Abstract Purpose - To cope with the increasing challenges of globalisation, various manufacturing companies have established intra-company manufacturing networks. The purpose of this paper is to link the strategic network targets (i.e., accessibility, thriftiness represented by economies of scale and economies of scope, mobility, and learning) with the capabilities and characteristics of the constituting sites of the manufacturing network and thus facilitate the identification of mismatches and the discussion of possible development paths for the network. Design/methodology/approach - We derive a conceptual framework from the literature which is tested with a single case; a manufacturing network consisting of 8 manufacturing sites. Case data were collected based on 24 interviews with operations managers at network level and a standardised online survey among the sites' management teams. Findings - Results indicate that manufacturing network and site levels need to be related when striving for a fit between manufacturing strategy, network strategy, and site capabilities and characteristics. Research limitations/implications - Single case studies have only limited generalisability. Nevertheless, the case demonstrates the usefulness of several dimensions when analysing manufacturing networks on site and network level. Originality/value - This paper represents the first attempt to link strategic targets of intra-company manufacturing networks with site capabilities and characteristics. Thereby, it provides a theoretical basis for future research on the relationship between strategic targets of manufacturing networks and their fulfilment. The developed manufacturing site portfolio, moreover, extends the site role typology discussion by a multi-dimensional perspective and represents a starting point for a multi-faceted discussion of site roles.
Authors Thomas, Simone; Scherrer-Rathje, Maike; Fischl, Maria & Friedli, Thomas
Journal or Publication Title International Journal of Operations & Production Management
Language English
Keywords manufacturing networks, strategic network targets, site capabilities, conceptual framework
Subjects business studies
HSG Classification contribution to scientific community
Refereed Yes
Date 1 December 2015
Publisher Emerald
Place of Publication Bingley
Volume 35
Number 12
Page Range 1710-1734
Number of Pages 25
ISSN 0144-3577
ISSN-Digital 1758-6593
Depositing User Maria Christine Fischl
Date Deposited 12 Oct 2015 15:19
Last Modified 23 Aug 2016 11:22
URI: https://www.alexandria.unisg.ch/publications/244502

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Thomas, Simone; Scherrer-Rathje, Maike; Fischl, Maria & Friedli, Thomas (2015) Linking network targets and site capabilities : a conceptual framework to determine site contributions to strategic manufacturing network targets. International Journal of Operations & Production Management, 35 (12). 1710-1734. ISSN 0144-3577

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