An investigation into manufacturing technology sourcing practices

Timothy Baines, Dan Whitney, John M. Kay

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Abstract

This paper investigates the decisions that companies make when choosing the source of their manufacturing technology. It builds on previous research that has identified differences between the practices of US and Japanese manufacturing companies. A structured study of manufacturing technology sourcing practices at 14 US-based manufacturing companies is described. This research has confirmed that there is a trend in the companies studied to acquire manufacturing technology from sources external to their organisations. However, no formal processes are used to form these policies. When a rationale for this behaviour was sought, companies gave a series of reasons concerned with business focus, efficiency of technology acquisition, and the extent, defence and support of manufacturing capabilities.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)127-139
Number of pages13
JournalInternational Journal of Logistics
Volume1
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1998

Bibliographical note

This is an electronic version of an article published in Baines, T., Whitney, D., & Kay, J. M. (1998). An investigation into manufacturing technology sourcing practices. International journal of logistics research and applications, 1(2), 127-139. International journal of logistics research and applications is available online at: www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/13675569808962043

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