Management for Professionals

Strategic Management of Global Manufacturing Networks

Aligning Strategy, Configuration, and Coordination

Authors: Friedli, Thomas, Mundt, Andreas, Thomas, Stefan

  • Provides a holistic perspective on manufacturing network management considering the interplay between strategy, configuration, and coordination
  • Elaborates on each single dimension, thereby providing practitioners with proven applicable management concepts and tools
  • Demonstrates the applicability of the tools and concepts along numerous up-to-date cases from the manufacturing industry
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About this book

The preceding process of globalization and the continuously rising competitive pressure on manufacturing companies in more developed economies unveiled the limits of classical site-focused optimization approaches. The focus of network optimization shifts ever more towards an integrative view of manufacturing networks, striving for a harmonization of the strategy-, configuration- and coordination levels. This book presents such an integrative approach to the strategic management of manufacturing networks. Besides strategic network requirements, this book discusses the derivation of an optimal global footprint and the optimization of network coordination activities. Special attention is paid to the site roles concept, especially to the concept of 'lead factory'. A large number of up-to-date cases from the producing industry enrich the book and provide the reader with vivid examples for the application of the presented concepts. Hence, this book is a must-read for both practitioners and academic researchers.

About the authors

Professor Dr. Thomas Friedli

Managing Director, Chair of Production Management, and Vice Director, Institute of Technology Management, University of St.Gallen (Switzerland)

Thomas Friedli’s main research focus is the management of manufacturing enterprises. His area of expertise is in operational excellence in the pharmaceutical industry, collaboration management, management of industrial services and management of global production.

In 2004, Thomas habilitated and became Adjunct Professor in St.Gallen. His team of 12 postgraduate students develops new management solutions for manufacturing companies. The Chair is largely financed through external funds, why most of the research projects are industrial projects. In 2007 he became an associate member to the International Academy for Quality (IAQ) and joined the SAQ (Swiss Association for Quality and Management Systems) as an advisory council in 2009. Since 2010, he is member of the board of the Swiss Institute of Service Sciences (SISS).

Thomas is teaching in several executive programs in St.Gallen, Fribourg, Dornbirn, Salzburg and Aachen; moreover, he is visiting lecturer at the Business School of Bordeaux. In fall 2008, he spent several weeks as Adjunct Associate Professor at the Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, USA. Since 2011, Thomas is Senior Lecturer of the Executive MBA program in St.Gallen and since 2012 also Senior Lecturer of the St.Gallen full time MBA program.

Dr. Andreas Mundt

Andreas Mundt had been a research associate in the team of Thomas Friedli between 2009 and 2012. His main research focus was the management of global production. Andreas’ area of expertise is in configuration and coordination of global manufacturing networks. He wrote his doctoral thesis under the title “Managing manufacturing networks – The coordination perspective”.

Andreas graduated in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Darmstadt, Germany, and in Manufacturing Management at the University of Linköping, Sweden. Before he joined the University of St.Gallen for his doctoral studies, he worked in the Supply Chain Management of Schaeffler Technologies AG & Co. KG, Germany. After finishing his doctoral studies at the Chair of Production Management, Andreas became the Secretary to the Supervisory Board of the REHAU Group.

Dr. Stefan Thomas

Stefan Thomas had been a research associate in the team of Thomas Friedli from 2007 till 2012. His main research focus was the management of manufacturing enterprises. Stefan’s area of expertise is in configuration and coordination of global manufacturing networks. He wrote his doctoral thesis under the title “Production network systems – Pathway to efficient manufacturing networks”.

Stefan graduated in both Mechanical Engineering and in Industrial Engineering at the University of Darmstadt, Germany. After leaving the Chair of Production Management, he joined the REHAU Group as Assistant to the COO.

Reviews

From the book reviews:

“The authors’ aim is to explore strategic management challenges around global manufacturing networks. … In terms of content and structure, the book follows a logical progression from theory to application, with plenty of examples thrown in. … it all comes together nicely, making the book both a pleasant and informative read. … an excellent source for key concepts and their application and the numerous and detailed industry examples are both illustrative and enjoyable to read.” (Jannis Angelis, Production Planning & Control, October, 2014)

Table of contents (8 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Friedli, Thomas (et al.)

    Pages 1-13

  • Development of Production Management: From Site to Network Optimisation

    Friedli, Thomas (et al.)

    Pages 15-44

  • A Reference Framework for Network Design

    Friedli, Thomas (et al.)

    Pages 45-66

  • Clarification of the Initial Strategic Situation

    Friedli, Thomas (et al.)

    Pages 67-84

  • Network Configuration

    Friedli, Thomas (et al.)

    Pages 85-112

Buy this book

eBook $74.99
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-642-34185-4
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $99.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-642-34184-7
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $99.00
price for USA
  • Customers within the U.S. and Canada please contact Customer Service at 1-800-777-4643, Latin America please contact us at +1-212-460-1500 (Weekdays 8:30am – 5:30pm ET) to place your order.
  • Due: November 11, 2016
  • ISBN 978-3-662-52315-5
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Strategic Management of Global Manufacturing Networks
Book Subtitle
Aligning Strategy, Configuration, and Coordination
Authors
Series Title
Management for Professionals
Copyright
2014
Publisher
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
eBook ISBN
978-3-642-34185-4
DOI
10.1007/978-3-642-34185-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-642-34184-7
Softcover ISBN
978-3-662-52315-5
Series ISSN
2192-8096
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 271
Number of Illustrations and Tables
128 b/w illustrations
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