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Critical operations capabilities in a high cost environment: A multiple case study
Jönköping University, School of Engineering, JTH, Industrial Engineering and Management. Jönköping University, School of Engineering, JTH. Research area Industrial Production.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-3789-5608
Jönköping University, School of Engineering, JTH, Industrial Engineering and Management. Jönköping University, School of Engineering, JTH. Research area Industrial Production.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-8305-4412
Jönköping University, School of Engineering, JTH, Industrial Engineering and Management. Jönköping University, School of Engineering, JTH. Research area Industrial Production.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-1627-8459
2018 (English)In: IOP Conference Series: Materials Science and Engineering / [ed] N. Kurniati, R. S. Dewi, D. S. Dewi, D. Hartanto, N. I. Arvitrida, P. D. Karningsih, Institute of Physics Publishing (IOPP), 2018, Vol. 337, no 1, article id UNSP 012065Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Operations capabilities have been a popular research area for many years and several frameworks have been proposed in the literature. The current frameworks do not take specific contexts into consideration, for instance a high cost environment. This research gap is of particular interest since a manufacturing relocation process has been ongoing the last decades, leading to a huge amount of manufacturing being moved from high to low cost environments. The purpose of this study is to identify critical operations capabilities in a high cost environment. The two research questions were: What are the critical operations capabilities dimensions in a high cost environment? What are the critical operations capabilities in a high cost environment? A multiple case study was conducted and three Swedish manufacturing firms were selected. The study was based on the investigation of an existing framework of operations capabilities. The main dimensions of operations capabilities included in the framework were: cost, quality, delivery, flexibility, service, innovation and environment. Each of the dimensions included two or more operations capabilities. The findings confirmed the validity of the framework and its usefulness in a high cost environment and a new operations capability was revealed (employee flexibility).

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Institute of Physics Publishing (IOPP), 2018. Vol. 337, no 1, article id UNSP 012065
Keywords [en]
Industrial research, Manufacture, Systems engineering, Critical operations, High costs, High-to-low, Manufacturing firms, Multiple-case study, Operations capability, Quality, Delivery, Research questions, Costs
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Business Administration
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-40950DOI: 10.1088/1757-899X/337/1/012065ISI: 000435191200065Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85046245747OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hj-40950DiVA, id: diva2:1231188
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1st International Conference on Industrial and Systems Engineering, IConISE 2017, 29 August 2017 through 30 August 2017
Available from: 2018-07-05 Created: 2018-07-05 Last updated: 2018-07-05Bibliographically approved

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