Title: Prerequisite for lateral knowledge flow in manufacturing networks
Authors : Scherrer, Maike
Deflorin, Patricia
et. al : No
Published in : Journal of manufacturing technology management
Volume(Issue) : 28
Issue : 3
Pages : 394
Pages to: 419
Publisher / Ed. Institution : Emerald
Issue Date: 2017
License (according to publishing contract) : Not specified
Type of review: Peer review (publication)
Language : English
Subjects : Strategic objectives; Global manufacturing networks; Lateral knowledge flow
Subject (DDC) : 658.5: Production management
Abstract: Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to analyse the prerequisites for lateral knowledge transfer in manufacturing networks. Design/methodology/approach – Data stem from a single case study involving 26 interviews at the management level of a manufacturing network and a survey of 17 manufacturing plants in the network. Findings – The requirements for lateral knowledge transfer between knowledge-sending and knowledge-receiving plants are similar strategic orientation, product portfolio similarity and process similarity. If the knowledge-sending and knowledge-receiving plants meet at least one of these requirements, then knowledge transfer is facilitated. Plant age, functional ties and geographical proximity do not seem to be important in lateral knowledge transfer. Research limitations/implications – The results come from a single case study, limiting their generalisability. Further research should consider the influence of the network’s coordination mechanism on lateral knowledge transfer. Originality/value – The paper investigates prerequisites for lateral knowledge transfer in manufacturing networks, shedding light on the fundamental factors that must be in place at the knowledge-sending and knowledge-receiving plants.
Departement: School of Engineering
Organisational Unit: Institute of Sustainable Development (INE)
Publication type: Article in scientific journal
DOI : 10.1108/JMTM-10-2015-0090
ISSN: 1741-038X
URI: https://digitalcollection.zhaw.ch/handle/11475/17610
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