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Evaluation of critical operations capabilities for competitive manufacturing in a high-cost environment
Jönköping University.
University of Gävle, Faculty of Engineering and Sustainable Development, Department of Industrial Management, Industrial Design and Mechanical Engineering, Industrial Management. University of Gävle, Center for Logistics and Innovative Production. Jönköping University, School of Engineering, Department of industrial engineering and management.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-8305-4412
Jonkäping University.
2020 (English)In: Journal of Global Operations and Strategic Sourcing, ISSN 2398-5364, E-ISSN 2398-5372, Vol. 13, no 3, p. 229-250Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Purpose

To survive in a competitive landscape, companies are required to identify, develop and continuously improve upon the operations capabilities that have the greatest impact on the overall competitiveness. This paper aims to evaluate critical operations capabilities for competitive manufacturing in a high-cost environment.

Design/methodology/approach

Critical operations capabilities for competitive manufacturing were extracted in a literature review and then evaluated from the perspective of a high-cost environment in a focus group study. The focus group included a quantitative (questionnaire) and qualitative (discussion) evaluation of the extracted critical operations capabilities.

Findings

The empirical findings revealed that all the capabilities identified in the literature review are considered critical in a high-cost environment, albeit with varying emphasis. Companies located in a high-cost environment tend to emphasize a broad set of capabilities related to quality, cost, time, flexibility and innovation rather than only cost-related capabilities.

Research limitations/implications

The research is based on a focus group that was limited to 14 representatives from five Swedish manufacturing companies. This can reveal some limitations with regard to the generalizability of the conclusions drawn. Hence, this research should be considered as an initial step in gaining a more in-depth and complete understanding of the research topic under investigation.

Practical implications

The research outcome enables managers to design their operations strategy more systematically and effectively, to be consistent with their targeted capabilities. The operations capabilities are important for both the company’s competitiveness and its future direction.

Originality/value

The paper presents an updated understanding of how companies achieved a competitive advantage in a specific manufacturing environment such as a high-cost context. It additionally provides an overview of what capabilities are developed for implementing successful operations strategies.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Emerald Group Publishing Limited, 2020. Vol. 13, no 3, p. 229-250
Keywords [en]
strategy, capabilities, operations, reshoring, quantitative, qualitative, high-cost environment
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Other Engineering and Technologies not elsewhere specified Economics and Business
Research subject
Intelligent Industry
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-33334DOI: 10.1108/JGOSS-10-2019-0055OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hig-33334DiVA, id: diva2:1458737
Available from: 2020-08-17 Created: 2020-08-17 Last updated: 2024-02-12Bibliographically approved

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