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Managing global engineering networks part I: Theoretical foundations and the unique nature of engineering

Zhang, Y and Gregory, M and Shi, Y (2014) Managing global engineering networks part I: Theoretical foundations and the unique nature of engineering. Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part B: Journal of Engineering Manufacture, 228. pp. 163-171. ISSN 0954-4054

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Abstract

Network concepts have been widely reported in the current literature on international engineering operations. However, a systematic view of the unique nature of engineering is missing, and its implications for the design and operations of global engineering networks are poorly understood. This article has been written to address the abovementioned knowledge gaps by understanding how global leading companies effectively cope with the unique nature of engineering in their network operations. A theory-building approach based on the case study methods was adopted considering the contemporary nature of this study and the complexity of the research object. The first part of this article establishes a theoretical foundation for global engineering networks through discussing the intrinsic requirements of engineering operations, understanding the influence of the external business environments, and reviewing the relevant engineering network theories and practices. A preliminary framework was developed to bring together the key issues and suggest focusing areas of investigation in the case studies. © IMechE 2013.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: UNSPECIFIED
Divisions: Div E > Manufacturing Systems
Depositing User: Cron Job
Date Deposited: 17 Jul 2017 19:34
Last Modified: 03 Aug 2017 03:03
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