The Competitiveness of European Manufacturing — A Four Country Study

Voss, Christopher A., Blackmon, Kate, Hanson, Philip and Oak, Bryan (1995) The Competitiveness of European Manufacturing — A Four Country Study. Business Strategy Review, 6 (1). pp. 1-25.


This article reports the results of a study of operational practice and performance in 663 manufacturing sites in Finland, Germany, the Netherlands and the UK. It reviews the competitiveness of manufacturing in each country against a “world class”scale. The results are examined in more detail examining differences between countries, factors influencing competitiveness such as site size and origin of parent, and agendas for individual countries. Overall a broad spread is found in Northern Europe with disappointingly few world class sites but many reasons for cautious optimism. The best companies are realistic about their position, but the worst are dangerously over-optimistic.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: performance management; manufacturing
Subject(s): Project management
Operations management
Centre: BT Centre for Major Programme Management
Faculty of Operations Management
Date Deposited: 25 Oct 2012 14:01
Last Modified: 23 Oct 2015 14:07

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