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Synergy from configuration of global production networks: drivers, mechanisms, and outcomes

Christodoulou, PA and Srai, JS and Gregory, MJ (2017) Synergy from configuration of global production networks: drivers, mechanisms, and outcomes. Production Planning and Control, 30. pp. 179-196. ISSN 0953-7287

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Abstract

© 2019, © 2019 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. This paper explores the network synergies available from the configuration of highly dispersed, global production networks (GPNs). Synergy theory from the literature on intra-firm and inter-firm GPNs is examined in terms of drivers, mechanisms and outcomes. An explanatory model is developed and enriched via a series of extended case studies of firms undertaking re-configuration of their GPNs during the period 2003–2014. The primary finding is that firms create synergy in their GPNs by selecting specific configuration mechanisms, in response to a certain set of external drivers, in order to achieve certain synergistic outcomes. The paper classifies the main types of drivers, mechanisms and outcomes in terms of key variables and discusses their inter-connections and relationships.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: UNSPECIFIED
Divisions: Div E > Manufacturing Systems
Div E > Strategy and Policy
Depositing User: Cron Job
Date Deposited: 10 May 2019 20:17
Last Modified: 13 Apr 2021 09:51
DOI: 10.1080/09537287.2018.1534291