This paper reports on the theoretical foundations and the practical reasons for the increasing popularity of the enterprise management perspective. Theoretical foundations are given that discuss vertically integrated, virtual and extended enterprises in terms of endogenous and exogenous factors, and the tensions that these create. An exploratory study in the German automotive industry using inductive grounded theory was conducted, involving data collection via 28 semi-structured interviews with 16 companies and data validation via a questionnaire survey receiving 110 responses from 52 companies. The research delivers a conceptual framework to show how enterprise structures emerge, depending on the prevailing type of core competencies that they use. Furthermore, it proposes contingency-planning recommendations to facilitate managing the change from one structure to another as the demands placed upon the enterprise change.
|Number of pages||17|
|Journal||International Journal of Production Research|
|Publication status||Published - 15 Sep 2006|
|Event||18th International Conference on Pattern Recognition - ICPR 2006, United Kingdom|
Duration: 20 Aug 2006 → 24 Aug 2006
Bibliographical noteSelected papers from the 18th ICPR – “The networked enterprise: a challenge for a sustainable development"
- automotive industry
- contingency planning
- core competencies
- enterprise management
- organizational design