Probert, DR and Jones, SW and Gregory, MJ (1993) Make or buy decision in the context of manufacturing strategy. Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part B: Journal of Engineering Manufacture, 207. pp. 241-250. ISSN 0954-4054Full text not available from this repository.
This paper describes an approach to structuring the make or buy decision process, basing it firmly in the context of an overall manufacturing strategy. The work has been carried out jointly by the University of Cambridge Manufacturing Engineering Group and Lucas Industries. A review of the current state of ideas surrounding the linked issues of vertical integration and make or buy decisions is presented. Important features of the approach include identification of core manufacturing capabilities, assessment of the role of technology in manufacturing, the development of a cost model to support make or buy decisions and a review of the strategic implications of varying degrees of vertical integration.
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