Best practices in manufacturing are assumed to result in high performance, and are widely
implemented in manufacturing companies. Much literature considers best practices to be of generic
nature and applicable for all companies, irrespective of, for example, the market in which they operate,
their production process, positioning and size. However, considering the huge variation among
manufacturing firms and their context, there are reasons to doubt that best practices are best for all
firms. Hence, further research is needed on contingencies in operations strategy. This paper investigates
how production process types, company size, and market dynamics and competition intensity affect the
adoption of manufacturing improvement programmes.
Analysing data from the International Manufacturing Strategy Survey (IMSS) IV, we find that
production process type seems to determine the adoption of supply chain management and quality
programmes, but not programmes aimed at organizational, manufacturing process or NPD
improvement. The adoption of all five groups of action programmes increases with company size,
which suggests company size to be the most important determining factor for the adoption of
manufacturing action programmes. Further, companies operating in dynamic markets adopt
programmes to improve the manufacturing process, probably due to the need for increased capacity.
Finally, companies facing intense competition appear to adopt programmes aimed at improving the
quality and new product development functions.
|Titel||15th International Annual EurOMA Conference : Tradition and innovation in operations management: connecting Past and Future|
|Forlag||The European Operations Management Association|
|Status||Udgivet - 2008|
|Begivenhed||15th International Annual EurOMA Conference - Tradition and innovation in operations management: connecting Past and Future - , Holland|
Varighed: 15 jun. 2008 → 18 jun. 2008
|Konference||15th International Annual EurOMA Conference - Tradition and innovation in operations management: connecting Past and Future|
|Periode||15/06/2008 → 18/06/2008|