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dc.contributor.authorHipkin, Ianen_GB
dc.contributor.departmentUniversity of Exeteren_GB
dc.date.accessioned2009-01-23T14:48:02Zen_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-01-25T10:27:11Zen_GB
dc.date.accessioned2013-03-19T16:00:36Z
dc.date.issued2007en_GB
dc.description.abstractNew 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.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10036/47922en_GB
dc.language.isoenen_GB
dc.publisherUniversity of Exeteren_GB
dc.relation.ispartofseriesDiscussion Papers in Managementen_GB
dc.relation.ispartofseries07/09en_GB
dc.relation.urlhttp://business-school.exeter.ac.uk/research/management/discussion_papers/en_GB
dc.subjectcompetitive advantageen_GB
dc.subjectoperationsen_GB
dc.subjectphysical assetsen_GB
dc.subjectknowledgeen_GB
dc.titleProduction competence and competitive advantage in process industriesen_GB
dc.typeWorking Paperen_GB
dc.date.available2009-01-23T14:48:02Zen_GB
dc.date.available2011-01-25T10:27:11Zen_GB
dc.date.available2013-03-19T16:00:36Z
dc.identifier.issn1472-2939en_GB


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