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The influence of manufacturing flexibility on strategic behaviours: A study based in Certified Quality Management Systems

Javier Tamayo-Torres (Management Department, Universidad de Granada, Granada, Spain)
Vanesa Barrales-Molina (Management Department, Universidad de Granada, Granada, Spain)
Maria Nieves Perez-Arostegui (Management Department, Universidad de Granada, Granada, Spain)

International Journal of Operations & Production Management

ISSN: 0144-3577

Article publication date: 29 July 2014

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to analyze whether the influence of manufacturing flexibility on firms’ exploration/exploitation differs between firms that possess Certified Quality Management Systems (CQMS) and firms that do not.

Design/methodology/approach

The authors analyze a sample of 231 Spanish manufacturing firms, 131 of which had received some form of Quality Certification. The data were collected through a structured telephone questionnaire addressed to company CEOs. The relationships are modelled using regression equations, including interaction terms, in order to test for the existence of a moderating effect.

Findings

The results show that certified companies exploit their own abilities, whereas uncertified firms tend to explore new knowledge. The authors also justify the importance of manufacturing flexibility for both options, exploration and exploitation.

Research limitations/implications

The limitations of this research include the fact that the authors study a variety of forms of certification, not only ISO, and the fact that all companies belong to the same country.

Practical implications

This study contributes to developing empirical knowledge of the benefits of CQMS in the firm.

Originality/value

The paper develops a new model to improve manufacturing flexibility and Quality Management.

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Acknowledgements

The authors gratefully acknowledge the funding and collaboration of the Ministry of Science and Innovation and the European Union. Project I+D ECO2010-15885.

Citation

Tamayo-Torres, J., Barrales-Molina, V. and Nieves Perez-Arostegui, M. (2014), "The influence of manufacturing flexibility on strategic behaviours: A study based in Certified Quality Management Systems", International Journal of Operations & Production Management, Vol. 34 No. 8, pp. 1028-1054. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJOPM-04-2012-0172

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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