Exploring trajectories of distributed development: A study of two Danish manufacturers

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Some firms have turned their global operations into a formidable source of competitive advantage, whereas others hindered their agility. A lot depends on which activities are globally distributed, how they are configured and coordinated. Emerging body of literature and practice suggest that not only standardized manufacturing tasks, but also knowledge-intensive and proprietary activities, including research and development (R&D), are increasingly subject to global dispersion The purpose of this paper is to explore structural and infrastructural arrangements that take place in industrial firms as they globally disperse their development activities. The study employs qualitative methodology and on the basis of two case studies of Danish firms it highlights the challenges of distributed development as well as how these challenges can be dealt with. The paper outlines a variety of practices used by the companies in order to achieve control and coordination of distributed development activities. Three propositions are developed to advance the understanding of the continual search for an optimal organisational form to manage distributed development.
OriginalsprogEngelsk
TitelProceedings of The Ninth International Symposium on Global Manufacturing and China : High Performance Manufacturing:Global Perspective
RedaktørerXiaobo WU, Yongjiang SHI, Jian DU, Bin GUO
Antal sider6
UdgivelsesstedHangzhou, China
ForlagUniversity of Cambridge, Institute for Manufacturing
Publikationsdato2013
Sider1-6
ISBN (Elektronisk)978-1-902546-18-6
StatusUdgivet - 2013
BegivenhedThe Ninth International Symposium on Global Manufacturing and China: High Performance Manufacturing:Global Perspective - Hangzhou, Kina
Varighed: 7 sep. 20138 sep. 2013

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KonferenceThe Ninth International Symposium on Global Manufacturing and China
LandKina
ByHangzhou
Periode07/09/201308/09/2013

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