The Interaction of Global Networks in Their Evolutions: A Longitudinal Case Study

Cheng Yang, Ruihong Gao

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Based on a longitudinal study of two companies, this paper investigates the evolution of manufacturing, supply, and strategic networks and suggests it can be viewed as a long-term, stepwise, expansive, iterative and interactive process and thereby, can be called “interactive evolution of constructs and networks”. It is further found that the evolution of plants and manufacturing networks is more closely linked with the evolution of suppliers and supply networks, and vice versa; the evolution of JVs and strategic networks can be linked with the evolutions of plants/suppliers and manufacturing/supply networks, but depending on the purposes behind the establishment of JVs. Finally, this paper proposes short-term and long-term solutions to manage different networks holistically.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdvances in Production Management Systems. Smart Manufacturing for Industry 4.0 - IFIP WG 5.7 International Conference, APMS 2018, Proceedings
EditorsGregor von Cieminski, Gyu M. Lee, Dimitris Kiritsis, Ilkyeong Moon, Jinwoo Park
Number of pages8
Place of PublicationCham
Publication date2018
ISBN (Print)978-3-319-99706-3
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-319-99707-0
Publication statusPublished - 2018
EventIFIP WG 5.7 International Conference, APMS 2018 - Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea, Republic of
Duration: 26 Aug 201830 Sep 2018


ConferenceIFIP WG 5.7 International Conference, APMS 2018
LocationSeoul National University
CountryKorea, Republic of
SeriesIFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology


  • Manufacturing network
  • Strategic network
  • Supply network


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