Global engineering networks (GEN): Drivers, evolution, configuration, performance and key patterns

Ben Clegg (Editor), Yufeng Zhang, Mike Gregory, Yongjiang Shi

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Purpose The purpose of this paper is to propose an integrating framework for the configuration and performance of global engineering networks (GEN). Design/methodology/approach The reported study is based on a comprehensive literature review and refined by the practice of three global leading companies along key industry sectors. Findings This framework presents the key patterns of GEN from an evolution perspective and demonstrates the influence of the major driving forces. Research limitations/implications In addition, this study also identifies research opportunities in two areas: further testing the theory of GEN with a broader range of industry sectors, and expanding the study to inter-firm engineering activities. The further study is planned accordingly. Originality/value The paper offers a systematic view of GEN and can help companies in the design and operation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)299-314
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Manufacturing Technology Management
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 14 Mar 2008


  • Automation
  • Automotive industry
  • Business environment
  • Fast moving consumer goods
  • Globalization
  • Networking


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