Manufacturing best practices and performance: The effects of home and host country context

Levente Szász, Krisztina Demeter, Harry Boer

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    There is an impressive body of literature about best manufacturing practices. The question is whether these practices are always best, in every situation. Aimed at investigating the effects of home and host country characteristics on the “goodness” of manufacturing practices, the paper tests whether a) home and host country characteristics moderate the association between manufacturing practices and performance, and, thus, whether b) there are manufacturing practices that are universally best.
    Manufacturing practices and performance are measured using data collected through the fifth round of the International Manufacturing Strategy Survey (IMSS V). The IMSS V database includes data from 725 plants from manufacturing and assembly industries covering 21 different (host) countries. The Global Competitiveness Report of the World Economic Forum is used to operationalize country characteristics. Cluster analysis is used to develop groups of companies based on home and host country development. Exploratory factor analysis is applied to create bundles of manufacturing practices and performance measures. Then, using moderated multiple regressions (MMR) with interaction factor, and separate multiple regression analyses for each group of companies, bundles of manufacturing practices are identified that lead to best-in-class performance improvements. A range of control variables is introduced to help interpret the results.
    The study shows that home and host country context does affect the association between manufacturing practices and performance, and manufacturing practices that are best in one context are not necessarily best in another context.
    OriginalsprogEngelsk
    TitelProceedings of the 18th International Working Seminar on Production Economics
    Antal sider12
    UdgivelsesstedInnsbruck
    Publikationsdato24 feb. 2014
    StatusUdgivet - 24 feb. 2014
    Begivenhed18th International Working Seminar on Production Economics - Innsbruck, Østrig
    Varighed: 24 feb. 201428 feb. 2014
    Konferencens nummer: 18

    Konference

    Konference18th International Working Seminar on Production Economics
    Nummer18
    LandØstrig
    ByInnsbruck
    Periode24/02/201428/02/2014

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