Trying to Resolve Manufacturing Performance Trade‐Offs: The Case of British Contract Electronics Assemblers

Trying to Resolve Manufacturing Performance Trade‐Offs: The Case of British Contract... The changing nature of competitive pressure now requires companies to compete on several aspects of performance simultaneously. This reality departs from the traditional idea that organizations must find a specific area of competency and choose between objectives such as low cosT., quality, or flexibility. Hence, the degree to which companies resolve manufacturing performance trade‐offs, and the understanding of the processes whereby companies manage to achieve this, emerge as a set of research questions. This paper presents the results of a benchmarking study carried out to assess and compare the levels of manufacturing performance achieved by 16 British contract electronics assemblers. Case studies conducted in three of these companies highlighted structural and cultural aspects that may explain intercompany differences in the resolution of manufacturing performance trade‐offs. Résumé La nature changeante des règies de la compétition oblige les entreprises à maǐtriser simultanément plusieurs aspects de la performance manufacturière. Cette réalité diffère de l'idée reçue selon laquelle les organisations doivent choisir entre des objectifs tels la réduction des coǔts, la qualité, ou la flexibilité. Ainsi, l 'évaluation du degré de résolution des arbitrages tradi‐tionnels entre les objectifs de performance manufacturière et la compréhension des facteurs favorisant cette résolution constituent des thèmes de recherche pertinents. Les résultats d'une étude de benchmarking menées auprès de 16 sous‐traitants électroniques britan‐niques et ayant pour but de comparer leur performance manufacturière sont présentés dans cet article. Trois études de cas ont ensuite permis d'identifier différents aspects structurels et culturels qui semblent expliquer les différents niveaux de résolution des arbitrages opéra‐tionnels. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Canadian Journal of Administrative Sciences/Revue Canadienne des Sciences de L'Administration Wiley

Trying to Resolve Manufacturing Performance Trade‐Offs: The Case of British Contract Electronics Assemblers

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Wiley
Copyright
Copyright © 2000 Wiley Subscription Services, Inc., A Wiley Company
ISSN
0825-0383
eISSN
1936-4490
DOI
10.1111/j.1936-4490.2000.tb00225.x
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Abstract

The changing nature of competitive pressure now requires companies to compete on several aspects of performance simultaneously. This reality departs from the traditional idea that organizations must find a specific area of competency and choose between objectives such as low cosT., quality, or flexibility. Hence, the degree to which companies resolve manufacturing performance trade‐offs, and the understanding of the processes whereby companies manage to achieve this, emerge as a set of research questions. This paper presents the results of a benchmarking study carried out to assess and compare the levels of manufacturing performance achieved by 16 British contract electronics assemblers. Case studies conducted in three of these companies highlighted structural and cultural aspects that may explain intercompany differences in the resolution of manufacturing performance trade‐offs. Résumé La nature changeante des règies de la compétition oblige les entreprises à maǐtriser simultanément plusieurs aspects de la performance manufacturière. Cette réalité diffère de l'idée reçue selon laquelle les organisations doivent choisir entre des objectifs tels la réduction des coǔts, la qualité, ou la flexibilité. Ainsi, l 'évaluation du degré de résolution des arbitrages tradi‐tionnels entre les objectifs de performance manufacturière et la compréhension des facteurs favorisant cette résolution constituent des thèmes de recherche pertinents. Les résultats d'une étude de benchmarking menées auprès de 16 sous‐traitants électroniques britan‐niques et ayant pour but de comparer leur performance manufacturière sont présentés dans cet article. Trois études de cas ont ensuite permis d'identifier différents aspects structurels et culturels qui semblent expliquer les différents niveaux de résolution des arbitrages opéra‐tionnels.

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Canadian Journal of Administrative Sciences/Revue Canadienne des Sciences de L'AdministrationWiley

Published: Sep 1, 2000

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