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Global engineering networks (GEN): Drivers, evolution, configuration, performance and key patterns

Yufeng Zhang (Engineering Department, Institute for Manufacturing, Cambridge University, Cambridge, UK)
Mike Gregory (Engineering Department, Institute for Manufacturing, Cambridge University, Cambridge, UK)
Yongjiang Shi (Engineering Department, Institute for Manufacturing, Cambridge University, Cambridge, UK)

Journal of Manufacturing Technology Management

ISSN: 1741-038X

Article publication date: 14 March 2008

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to propose an integrating framework for the configuration and performance of global engineering networks (GEN).

Design/methodology/approach

The reported study is based on a comprehensive literature review and refined by the practice of three global leading companies along key industry sectors.

Findings

This framework presents the key patterns of GEN from an evolution perspective and demonstrates the influence of the major driving forces.

Research limitations/implications

In addition, this study also identifies research opportunities in two areas: further testing the theory of GEN with a broader range of industry sectors, and expanding the study to inter‐firm engineering activities. The further study is planned accordingly.

Originality/value

The paper offers a systematic view of GEN and can help companies in the design and operation.

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Citation

Zhang, Y., Gregory, M. and Shi, Y. (2008), "Global engineering networks (GEN): Drivers, evolution, configuration, performance and key patterns", Journal of Manufacturing Technology Management, Vol. 19 No. 3, pp. 299-314. https://doi.org/10.1108/17410380810853740

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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