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THE PLANT LOCATION DECISION IN MULTINATIONAL MANUFACTURING FIRMS: AN EMPIRICAL ANALYSIS OF INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS AND MANUFACTURING STRATEGY PERSPECTIVES

THE PLANT LOCATION DECISION IN MULTINATIONAL MANUFACTURING FIRMS: AN EMPIRICAL ANALYSIS OF... The paper combines perspectives from international business and manufacturing to examine multinational plant location decisions. The location choice in manufacturing is between integrated and independent plants, while the international choice is between a foreign and domestic plant relative to their headquarters' country. The study empirically investigates whether these choices have different plant location determinants using data from a survey of plant managers of large, multinational firms. We find more evidence that the manufacturing choices benefit from consideration of international business issues than vice versa. However, managers rank determinants associated with manufacturing strategy considerably higher than those associated with intemational business. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Production and Operations Management Wiley

THE PLANT LOCATION DECISION IN MULTINATIONAL MANUFACTURING FIRMS: AN EMPIRICAL ANALYSIS OF INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS AND MANUFACTURING STRATEGY PERSPECTIVES

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Publisher
Wiley
Copyright
Copyright © 1999 Production and Operations Management Society
ISSN
1059-1478
eISSN
1937-5956
DOI
10.1111/j.1937-5956.1999.tb00365.x
Publisher site
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Abstract

The paper combines perspectives from international business and manufacturing to examine multinational plant location decisions. The location choice in manufacturing is between integrated and independent plants, while the international choice is between a foreign and domestic plant relative to their headquarters' country. The study empirically investigates whether these choices have different plant location determinants using data from a survey of plant managers of large, multinational firms. We find more evidence that the manufacturing choices benefit from consideration of international business issues than vice versa. However, managers rank determinants associated with manufacturing strategy considerably higher than those associated with intemational business.

Journal

Production and Operations ManagementWiley

Published: Jun 1, 1999

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