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Manufacturing strategic facility types

Robert J. Vokurka (Associate Professor, Department of Finance, Economics and Decision Sciences, College of Business, Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi, Corpus Christi, Texas, USA)
Robert A. Davis (Assistant Professor, Department of Computer Information Systems and Quantitative Methods, College of Business Administration, Texas State University – San Marcos, San Marcos, Texas, USA)

Industrial Management & Data Systems

ISSN: 0263-5577

Article publication date: 1 August 2004



A major decision area for manufacturing firms is the strategy that assigns specific products, processes, customers, and markets to individual facilities within multi‐facility firms. No empirical studies have been reported that identify differentiating factors in manufacturing structures or overall facility strategies. Based on responses from 305 plants, this research empirically determines the major dimensions differentiating manufacturing facility structures. Most of these support previous theories of decisions being made on differences in products, processes, materials, and customers/markets. Strategic groupings are determined and defined as “standardizers”, “customizers”, and automators”. Differences in each of these groupings are investigated for competitive priorities and performance indicators.



Vokurka, R.J. and Davis, R.A. (2004), "Manufacturing strategic facility types", Industrial Management & Data Systems, Vol. 104 No. 6, pp. 490-504.



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