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International R&D and Manufacturing Networks: Dynamism, Structure and Absorptive Capacity


Deflorin, Patricia; Scherrer-Rathje, Maike; Dietl, Helmut (2013). International R&D and Manufacturing Networks: Dynamism, Structure and Absorptive Capacity. In: Emmanouilidis, C; Taisch, M; Kiritsis, D. Advances in Production Management Systems. Competitive Manufacturing for Innovative Products and Services. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer New York LLC, 693-700.

Abstract

We analyze the absorptive capacity (AC) process of a manufacturing company with central R&D and an internationally distributed manufacturing network. Prior research shows that an implementation of the lead factory (LF) is especially supportive if the international manufacturing network struggles with implementing new products and processes. We analyze determinants of AC and show that, in addition to prior related knowledge of the receiving plant, structure can have an even stronger influence. We show that in the case of a low level of prior related knowledge and a low level of AC within the receiving plants as well as high technological heterogeneity between plants and LF, the implementation of an LF may not lead to the expected result. In addition, we conclude that the analysis of the AC process has to move from a single unit to a network. This helps to understand the AC concept in the context of multinational companies.

Abstract

We analyze the absorptive capacity (AC) process of a manufacturing company with central R&D and an internationally distributed manufacturing network. Prior research shows that an implementation of the lead factory (LF) is especially supportive if the international manufacturing network struggles with implementing new products and processes. We analyze determinants of AC and show that, in addition to prior related knowledge of the receiving plant, structure can have an even stronger influence. We show that in the case of a low level of prior related knowledge and a low level of AC within the receiving plants as well as high technological heterogeneity between plants and LF, the implementation of an LF may not lead to the expected result. In addition, we conclude that the analysis of the AC process has to move from a single unit to a network. This helps to understand the AC concept in the context of multinational companies.

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Item Type:Book Section, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:03 Faculty of Economics > Department of Business Administration
Dewey Decimal Classification:330 Economics
Language:English
Date:2013
Deposited On:15 Jan 2014 08:25
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 17:21
Publisher:Springer New York LLC
Series Name:IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology
Number:397
Number of Pages:693
ISSN:1868-4238
ISBN:978-3-642-40351-4
Additional Information:IFIP WG 5.7 International Conference, APMS 2012, Rhodes, Greece, September 24-26, 2012, Revised Selected Papers
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-40352-1_87
Other Identification Number:merlin-id:8885

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