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Trade-offs are not exogenous


Deflorin, Patricia; Scherrer-Rathje, Maike (2013). Trade-offs are not exogenous. International Journal of Production Research, 51(15):4644-4666.

Abstract

Trade-offs between competitive priorities are often seen as exogenous – managers accept them as a given downside while simultaneously addressing multiple competitive priorities. However, some companies seem to face fewer trade-offs than others. The question is how companies reduce their trade-offs to successfully compete on multiple competitive priorities simultaneously. We address this question by theorising that bundles of action programmes are needed to reduce trade-offs between competitive priorities. We examine four Swiss manufacturing plants and show how the selection of action programmes influences the simultaneous competition on multiple competitive priorities. We show that successful competition on multiple competitive priorities does not happen by accident but is achieved by aligning competitive priorities, action programmes, infrastructural/structural changes and contextual factors.

Abstract

Trade-offs between competitive priorities are often seen as exogenous – managers accept them as a given downside while simultaneously addressing multiple competitive priorities. However, some companies seem to face fewer trade-offs than others. The question is how companies reduce their trade-offs to successfully compete on multiple competitive priorities simultaneously. We address this question by theorising that bundles of action programmes are needed to reduce trade-offs between competitive priorities. We examine four Swiss manufacturing plants and show how the selection of action programmes influences the simultaneous competition on multiple competitive priorities. We show that successful competition on multiple competitive priorities does not happen by accident but is achieved by aligning competitive priorities, action programmes, infrastructural/structural changes and contextual factors.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:03 Faculty of Economics > Department of Business Administration
06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Philosophy
Dewey Decimal Classification:100 Philosophy
330 Economics
Language:English
Date:2013
Deposited On:14 Jan 2014 16:13
Last Modified:06 Dec 2017 22:02
Publisher:Taylor & Francis
ISSN:0020-7543
Additional Information:This is an Author's Accepted Manuscript of an article published in the International Journal of Production Research, June 2013, Copyright Taylor & Francis, available online at: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/00207543.2013.784406
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1080/00207543.2013.784406
Other Identification Number:merlin-id:8881

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