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Exploring maintenance strategies in Chinese product manufacturing companies

Heiko Gebauer, Felix Puetz, Thomas Fischer, Chunzhi Wang & Jie Lin

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abstract The purpose of this paper is to explore maintenance strategies for manufacturing equipment in Chinese firms. Data were collected from Chinese companies using a questionnaire administered during face-to-face interviews and two established methodologies in strategic management research, exploratory factor analysis and cluster analysis, were used to analyze the data. The results suggest that despite increasing competitive capabilities of Chinese firms, their maintenance strategies are often restricted to corrective maintenance. Only very few Chinese firms have already implemented predictive maintenance approach, total productive maintenance programs or the strategic outsourcing of maintenance activities. The research limitations stem from typical issues related to the use of exploratory factor analysis and cluster analysis (for example reliance on the subjective judgment of the researcher or the provision of clusters although no meaningful groups are embedded in the sample). The findings highlight potential strategies for Chinese firms to improve their maintenance management.
This paper deals with a neglected area of operations management by exploring the maintenance approaches in fast growing Chinese manufacturing industries.
   
type journal paper
   
keywords China, Maintenance programmes, Manufacturing industries, Preventive maintenance
   
project Ersatzteillogistik für Asien
language English
kind of paper journal article
date of appearance 10-11-2008
journal Management Research News
publisher Emerald
ISSN 0140-9174
volume of journal 31
number of issue 12
page(s) 941 - 950
review double-blind review
   
citation Gebauer, H., Puetz, F., Fischer, T., Wang, C., & Lin, J. (2008). Exploring maintenance strategies in Chinese product manufacturing companies. Management Research News, 31(12), 941 - 950.