A taxonomy of manufacturing strategies in Spanish companies

A taxonomy of manufacturing strategies in Spanish companies Purpose – The literature on manufacturing strategy has focused on analysis of content and process. Limited attention has been given to the concept of manufacturing strategy in taxonomical terms. The purpose of this study is to highlight a taxonomy of manufacturing strategies in Spanish industrial companies. Design/methodology/approach – A cluster analysis was performed. The classification variable used was based on competitive priorities relating to cost, quality, flexibility, delivery, service and environmental protection. The sample group consisted of 353 companies, belonging to different sectors. Findings – Empirical analysis results demonstrate the existence of two manufacturing strategies and significant differences in structure and infrastructure policies but not in performance. Research limitations/implications – The results of the study are not generalizable, given the nature of the sample. Future studies should consider larger samples, including more countries and contexts. Practical implications – A taxonomy of manufacturing strategies will serve as a useful mechanism to better understand Spain's manufacturing role and position in European and global economies. Originality/value – The taxonomy presented contributes to the development and enhancement of operations management theory and demonstrates the current strategic importance of the manufacturing function in Spanish companies. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png International Journal of Operations & Production Management Emerald Publishing

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © 2008 Emerald Group Publishing Limited. All rights reserved.
ISSN
0144-3577
DOI
10.1108/01443570810867204
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Abstract

Purpose – The literature on manufacturing strategy has focused on analysis of content and process. Limited attention has been given to the concept of manufacturing strategy in taxonomical terms. The purpose of this study is to highlight a taxonomy of manufacturing strategies in Spanish industrial companies. Design/methodology/approach – A cluster analysis was performed. The classification variable used was based on competitive priorities relating to cost, quality, flexibility, delivery, service and environmental protection. The sample group consisted of 353 companies, belonging to different sectors. Findings – Empirical analysis results demonstrate the existence of two manufacturing strategies and significant differences in structure and infrastructure policies but not in performance. Research limitations/implications – The results of the study are not generalizable, given the nature of the sample. Future studies should consider larger samples, including more countries and contexts. Practical implications – A taxonomy of manufacturing strategies will serve as a useful mechanism to better understand Spain's manufacturing role and position in European and global economies. Originality/value – The taxonomy presented contributes to the development and enhancement of operations management theory and demonstrates the current strategic importance of the manufacturing function in Spanish companies.

Journal

International Journal of Operations & Production ManagementEmerald Publishing

Published: Apr 25, 2008

Keywords: Strategic manufacturing; Classification; Spain

References

  • Integrating environmental issues into the mainstream: an agenda for research in operations management
    Angell, L.C.; Klassen, R.O.

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