Production competence and competitive advantage in process industries

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Production competence and competitive advantage in process industries

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dc.contributor.author Hipkin, Ian en_GB
dc.contributor.department University of Exeter en_GB
dc.date.accessioned 2009-01-23T14:48:02Z en_GB
dc.date.accessioned 2011-01-25T10:27:11Z en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2013-03-19T16:00:36Z
dc.date.issued 2007 en_GB
dc.description.abstract New technological innovations and customer demands have forced process industries to adapt their traditional emphasis on operational efficiency and embrace the challenges faced by emergent manufacturers and service sectors. These will only be met if process industries are able to integrate disparate production-related functions to accommodate new technology. This paper investigates how production competence enhances technology-based competitive advantage in process industries. A survey of the literature and a preliminary study of 20 process firms raised a series of questions that were investigated further using two case studies. The analysis demonstrates that competitive advantage requires integration between operations, technology and asset management through matching production requirements with the inherent capability of equipment and an understanding of equipment of functionality. Production competence is acquired through a learning mindset, which relies on an investigation of critical unknowns. Competitive advantage derives from tacit knowledge, and complex interdependencies between novel technology and organisational elements, and is enhanced by informal exploration and testing. en_GB
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10036/47922 en_GB
dc.language.iso en en_GB
dc.publisher University of Exeter en_GB
dc.relation.ispartofseries Discussion Papers in Management en_GB
dc.relation.ispartofseries 07/09 en_GB
dc.relation.url http://business-school.exeter.ac.uk/research/management/discussion_papers/ en_GB
dc.subject competitive advantage en_GB
dc.subject operations en_GB
dc.subject physical assets en_GB
dc.subject knowledge en_GB
dc.title Production competence and competitive advantage in process industries en_GB
dc.type Working Paper en_GB
dc.date.available 2009-01-23T14:48:02Z en_GB
dc.date.available 2011-01-25T10:27:11Z en_US
dc.date.available 2013-03-19T16:00:36Z
dc.identifier.issn 1472-2939 en_GB


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