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

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Abstract

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.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of The Ninth International Symposium on Global Manufacturing and China : High Performance Manufacturing:Global Perspective
EditorsXiaobo WU, Yongjiang SHI, Jian DU, Bin GUO
Number of pages6
Place of PublicationHangzhou, China
PublisherUniversity of Cambridge, Institute for Manufacturing
Publication date2013
Pages1-6
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-902546-18-6
Publication statusPublished - 2013
EventThe Ninth International Symposium on Global Manufacturing and China: High Performance Manufacturing:Global Perspective - Hangzhou, China
Duration: 7 Sep 20138 Sep 2013

Conference

ConferenceThe Ninth International Symposium on Global Manufacturing and China
CountryChina
CityHangzhou
Period07/09/201308/09/2013

Keywords

  • Distributed Development
  • Configuration and Coordination
  • Case studies

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