Publication Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

1-2016

Abstract

The literature in operations management has not kept up with the growing complexity of and opportunities offered by global production networks. Managers need new tools to cope with this complexity. We propose one that is based on a model that delayers the global plant network into a set of subnetworks on the basis of complexity and proprietary information in the products they produce and production processes they use to produce them. This allows examining whether each subnetwork is congruent i.e., has an appropriate manufacturing mission and the competencies that it would need to carry it out. We apply this tool to analyze the global production networks of five companies and illustrate its usefulness in performing periodic audit of the global production network and identifying potential strategic anomalies that deserve attention.

Keywords

Global production networks, Congruent production networks, Manufacturing footprint, Rooted and footloose plant networks

Discipline

Operations and Supply Chain Management

Research Areas

Operations Management

Publication

Journal of Operations Management

Volume

41

First Page

63

Last Page

74

ISSN

0272-6963

Identifier

10.1016/j.jom.2015.11.006

Publisher

Elsevier

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License.

Additional URL

http://doi.org/10.1016/j.jom.2015.11.006

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