Title: International R&D and manufacturing networks : dynamism, structure and absorptive capacity
Authors : Deflorin, Patricia
Scherrer, Maike
Dietl, Helmut
Proceedings: Advances in production management systems : competitive manufacturing for innovative products and services
Pages : 693
Pages to: 700
Conference details: IFIP WG 5.7 International Conference, APMS 2012 Rhodes, September 24-26, 2012
Editors of the parent work: Emmanouilidis, Christos
Taisch, Marco
Kiritsis, Dimitris
Publisher / Ed. Institution : Springer
Publisher / Ed. Institution: Heidelberg
Issue Date: 2012
License (according to publishing contract) : Licence according to publishing contract
Series : IFIP advances in information and communication technology
Series volume: 397
Type of review: Peer review (publication)
Language : English
Subjects : Manufacturing; Management; Innovative; R&D
Subject (DDC) : 658.5: Production management
Abstract: We analyze the absorptive capacity (AC) process of a manufacturing company with central R&D and an internationally distributed manufacturing network. Prior research shows that an implementation of the lead factory (LF) is especially supportive if the international manufacturing network struggles with implementing new products and processes. We analyze determinants of AC and show that, in addition to prior related knowledge of the receiving plant, structure can have an even stronger influence. We show that in the case of a low level of prior related knowledge and a low level of AC within the receiving plants as well as high technological heterogeneity between plants and LF, the implementation of an LF may not lead to the expected result. In addition, we conclude that the analysis of the AC process has to move from a single unit to a network. This helps to understand the AC concept in the context of multinational companies.
Departement: School of Management and Law
Organisational Unit: Center for Enterprise Development (ZUE)
Publication type: Conference paper
DOI : 10.1007/978-3-642-40352-1_87
ISBN: 978-3-642-40351-4
URI: https://digitalcollection.zhaw.ch/handle/11475/12913
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