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|Título:||Operational implications of manufacturing outsourcing for subcontractor plants: An empirical investigation|
Voss, Christopher A.
Supply chain management
|Citação:||SOUSA, Rui; VOSS, Christopher A. - Operational implications of manufacturing outsourcing for subcontractor plants: An empirical investigation. International Journal of Operations & Production Management. ISSN: 0144-3577. Vol. 27, n.º 9 (2007), p. 974 - 997|
|Resumo:||Purpose – The objectives of this paper are: to identify the key defining elements of a subcontractor plant from an operations management perspective and examine whether there are differences between the operational contexts of such plants and original equipment manufacturer (OEM) plants; and to examine whether these differences should translate into different operational practices, addressing the specific case of process quality management practices. Design/methodology/approach – The paper uses a multiple case study involving five plants in the electronics industry representative of the OEM and different subcontractor contexts. Findings – Results suggest that the operational contexts of subcontractor and OEM plants are different and that, as a result, these types of plants should emphasize different sets of process quality management practices. Research limitations/implications – Results are considered to be generalizable to most discrete goods industries. However, future research should ascertain whether these results replicate in industries other than electronics. Practical implications – OEMs, who have a critical role in disseminating best practice within the supply chain, must recognize the differences between OEM and subcontractor environments and avoid pushing one-size-fits-all best practice programs along the chain. Originality/value – Research in outsourcing to date has focused on the outsourcing decision per se and has mainly taken the perspective of the outsourcer firm. This study contributes to a better understanding of the operational implications of outsourcing decisions for subcontractor plants. It also responds to calls for more research linking quality management and supply chain management.|
|Versão do Editor:||http://www.emeraldinsight.com/journals.htm?issn=0144-3577&volume=27&issue=9&articleid=1621230&show=abstract|
|Aparece nas colecções:||FEG - Artigos em revistas internacionais com Arbitragem / Papers in international journals with Peer-review|
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