Publication type: Article in scientific journal
Type of review: Peer review (publication)
Title: The lead factory concept : benefiting from efficient knowledge transfer
Authors: Deflorin, Patricia
Dietl, Helmut
Lang, Markus
Scherrer, Maike
DOI: 10.1108/17410381211230466
Published in: Journal of Manufacturing Technology Management
Volume(Issue): 23
Issue: 4
Page(s): 517
Pages to: 534
Issue Date: 2012
Publisher / Ed. Institution: Emerald
ISSN: 1741-038X
Language: English
Subjects: Factory; Knowledge transfer; Lead Factory; Manufacturing industry; Network
Subject (DDC): 338: Production
670: Manufacturing
Abstract: Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to compare two distinct network structures to determine and show which structure is more profitable. Specifically, it aims to show which factors render the lead factory concept advantageous. Design/methodology/approach: Based on a simple, two-stage model for prototype and serial production, the authors highlight factors that determine the relative advantages and disadvantages of the lead factory concept in comparison to an archetype network. The archetype network mirrors those networks that have not implemented special strategic plant roles. Findings: The analysis shows that the lead factory concept benefits from an efficient knowledge transfer. Particularly, it is more profitable than the archetype network under the following conditions: there are a high number of production plants; the adaptation costs for implementing the transferred prototype from the lead factory to the plant are low; the manufacturing costs for the prototype are high; and the manufacturing processes are not highly specific or knowledge intensive. Originality/value: The paper enables better understanding of the conditions under which the lead factory concept is advantageous for transferring knowledge within an intra-firm network.
Fulltext version: Published version
License (according to publishing contract): Licence according to publishing contract
Departement: School of Management and Law
Organisational Unit: Institute for Organizational Viability (IOV)
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