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Lead factory operationalisation and challenges
Mälardalen University, School of Innovation, Design and Engineering, Innovation and Product Realisation.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-6062-2173
Jonkoping Univ, Sch Engn, Dept Ind Engn & Management, Jonkoping, Sweden..
Mälardalen University, School of Innovation, Design and Engineering, Innovation and Product Realisation.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5963-2470
Mälardalen University, School of Innovation, Design and Engineering, Innovation and Product Realisation.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-6229-2673
2019 (English)In: Production planning & control (Print), ISSN 0953-7287, E-ISSN 1366-5871, Vol. 30, no 2-3, p. 96-111Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This paper deepens the understanding of the lead factory concept by examining how the lead factory role is operationalised and what challenges are associated with it. The research is based on an explorative case study of eight Swedish lead factories in the manufacturing industry. The empirical findings suggest that the understanding of the lead factory concept should be extended as it is not restricted to one type of set-up. The findings show a spectrum ranging from an entire manufacturing plant, parts of a plant, to a virtual plant considered to be the lead factory. The research also shows a broad range of challenges experienced by lead factories. Several of these are related to and originate from unclear role, responsibility and mandate of the lead factory. The lack of dedicated resources for lead factory activities, specifically long-term development and difficulties in measuring the benefits of the role, were other challenges faced.

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TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD , 2019. Vol. 30, no 2-3, p. 96-111
Keywords [en]
Lead factory, plant roles, site characteristics, manufacturing networks, global operations management
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Social Sciences Interdisciplinary Business Administration
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URN: urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-43296DOI: 10.1080/09537287.2018.1534292ISI: 000465008000002Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85064548687OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mdh-43296DiVA, id: diva2:1313034
Available from: 2019-05-02 Created: 2019-05-02 Last updated: 2019-06-25Bibliographically approved

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