The purpose of this paper is to propose an integrating framework for the configuration and performance of global engineering networks (GEN).
The reported study is based on a comprehensive literature review and refined by the practice of three global leading companies along key industry sectors.
This framework presents the key patterns of GEN from an evolution perspective and demonstrates the influence of the major driving forces.
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.
The paper offers a systematic view of GEN and can help companies in the design and operation.
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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