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The Process of Manufacturing Strategy: Some Empirical Observations and Conclusions

John C. Anderson (University of Minnesota, USA)
Roger G. Schroeder (University of Minnesota, USA)
Gary Cleveland (University of Montana, USA)

International Journal of Operations & Production Management

ISSN: 0144-3577

Article publication date: 1 March 1991

Abstract

Manufacturing strategy has become a subject of increasing importance to practice and research. It involves two elements: content and process. The content of manufacturing strategy has recently received considerable attention. The process of manufacturing strategy has not received the same level of emphasis. There is little prescriptive literature on the subject, and even less literature of an empirical nature. It is argued that effective manufacturing strategy is inseparable from an effective process for the development of manufacturing strategy. This article provides some beginnings with regard to the process of manufacturing strategy by (1) exploring and drawing out concepts and methodologies in existing literature which can contribute to the process of manufacturing strategy, (2) reporting on an empirical study of the process of manufacturing strategy involving 53 manufacturing executives within organisations primarily from the midwest region of the USA, and (3) developing implications for future practice and research.

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Anderson, J.C., Schroeder, R.G. and Cleveland, G. (1991), "The Process of Manufacturing Strategy: Some Empirical Observations and Conclusions", International Journal of Operations & Production Management, Vol. 11 No. 3, pp. 86-110. https://doi.org/10.1108/01443579110143016

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