The contribution of manufacturing strategy involvement and alignment to world-class manufacturing performance

Brown, Steve, Squire, Brian and Blackmon, Kate (2007) The contribution of manufacturing strategy involvement and alignment to world-class manufacturing performance. International Journal of Operations and Production Management, 27 (3). pp. 282-302.

Abstract

Purpose - The purpose of this paper is to explore links between the process of strategy formulation and subsequent performance in operations within firms. Design/methodology/approach - An in-depth literature review on resource-based and operations strategy naturally led to three hypotheses. These are then tested using evidence from field-based case studies of manufacturing/assembly plants in the computer industry. Findings - The research suggests that world-class plants incorporate both strategic operations content and strategic operations processes, whilst low-performing plants do not. Practical implications - It is argued that involving manufacturing/operations managers in the strategic planning process helps align manufacturing and business strategy, and this alignment is associated with higher manufacturing performance. This should be of interest to operations managers and strategists within firms. Originality/value - By linking strategic alignment and the manufacturing strategy process to world-class manufacturing practices and performance, this research adds a new dimension to the study of world-class manufacturing and more generally to the best practices and practice-performance debates.

Item Type: Article
Subject(s): Project management
Operations management
Centre: BT Centre for Major Programme Management
Faculty of Operations Management
Date Deposited: 24 Oct 2012 09:12
Last Modified: 23 Oct 2015 14:07
URI: http://eureka.sbs.ox.ac.uk/id/eprint/4212

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