THE INFLUENCE OF CONTINGENCIES ON THE ADOPTION OF ACTION PROGRAMMES

Bjørge Timenes Laugen, Nuran Acur, Harry Boer

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    Abstract

    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.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publication15th International Annual EurOMA Conference : Tradition and innovation in operations management: connecting Past and Future
    Number of pages10
    PublisherThe European Operations Management Association
    Publication date2008
    Publication statusPublished - 2008
    Event15th International Annual EurOMA Conference - Tradition and innovation in operations management: connecting Past and Future - , Netherlands
    Duration: 15 Jun 200818 Jun 2008

    Conference

    Conference15th International Annual EurOMA Conference - Tradition and innovation in operations management: connecting Past and Future
    CountryNetherlands
    Period15/06/200818/06/2008

    Keywords

    • Action programmes
    • contingencies
    • survey

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