Publication type: Conference paper
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Title: Coordination mechanisms as an enabler to decrease complexity in manufacturing networks
Authors: Scherrer, Maike
Deflorin, Patricia
Schillo, Katrin
Conference details: Interdisciplinary European Conference on Entrepreneurship Research (IECER), Chur, 12-14 March 2014
Issue Date: 2014
Language: English
Subjects: Manufacturing; Complexity; Mechanism; Network
Subject (DDC): 658.5: Production management
Abstract: Lately, many small and medium sized companies have built up a plant in a foreign country, either to benefit from market access, low cost resources or access to expertise (Ferdows, 1989, Feldmann and Olhager, 2013). The internationalisation of the manufacturing network leads to new challenges for entrepreneurs. Especially, small and medium sized companies claim that the coordination of the traditional and the newly established foreign plant is time consuming and inefficient. We assume that there exist complexity drivers, which hinder an efficient and effective collaboration between the plants and thus negatively influence manufacturing network performance. Thus, we need to (1) achieve an understanding of the relevant complexity drivers and (2) how these influence the collaboration between the internationally distributed plants. Finally, based on this insight, we (3) need to derive measures which enhance the effectiveness and efficiency of the collaboration. Hence, we aim to answer two research questions: (1) Which complexity drivers influence the collaboration between dispersed manufacturing plants and (2) how can these complexity drivers be reduced?
Fulltext version: Published version
License (according to publishing contract): Licence according to publishing contract
Departement: School of Management and Law
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