The effectiveness of manufacturing practices in different subsidiary types – consequences for CEE subsidiaries

Krisztina Demeter, Levente Szász, Harry Boer

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    Abstract

    In the last decades several companies have become manufacturing networks of plants, operating usually in an international context. These plants can serve different purposes and have different levels of competences. This diversity influences the use and effectiveness of different manufacturing practices, which has not yet been explored in the literature. This paper investigates the relationship between plant roles and the “goodness” of manufacturing practices using a sample of 471 plants from the sixth edition of the International Manufacturing Strategy Survey. The findings show that plants with higher competence have more best practices than less competent plants. Furthermore, more competent plants usually strengthen their differentiation performance, while less competent plants focus on and achieve cost performance improvements instead.
    Original languageEnglish
    Publication date2015
    Number of pages30
    Publication statusPublished - 2015
    Event2nd AIB-CEE Conference: International Business and Research in the CEE Region. Why is it worth doing? - Warsaw, Poland
    Duration: 17 Sep 201519 Sep 2015
    Conference number: 2

    Conference

    Conference2nd AIB-CEE Conference
    Number2
    CountryPoland
    CityWarsaw
    Period17/09/201519/09/2015

    Keywords

    • Multinational companies
    • Subsidiary role
    • Performance
    • Manufacturing practices
    • Manufacturing network

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