Schriften zum europäischen Management

Optimizing Firm Performance

Alignment of Operational Success Drivers on the Basis of Empirical Data

Authors: Faden, Christian

  • ​Publication in the field of economic sciences

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​Academic research has identified several operational drivers in manufacturing companies that have an effect on either the physical production of goods or its distribution: working capital requirements, manufacturing performance, supply chain performance and supply chain risk. Despite the fact that these four operational drivers have been operationalized in empirical studies and theoretical discourses, no-one has yet conducted a holistic study of how they interrelate and what specific contribution they make to overall firm performance. The key question addressed by this study is therefore how companies should align these operational drivers of excellence to achieve superior firm performance. The results are based on a universe of 274 top-class manufacturing companies based in Germany, Switzerland or Austria and more than 15 interviews with top executives. By consequence, a trade-off exists: Strong firm performance requires a significant level of supply chain risk at the expense of working capital performance. Companies that accept a reasonable level of supply chain risk while maintaining high manufacturing and supply chain performance outperform the lowest-performing reference group by 14% in terms of sales, sales growth, profitability and market share ("firm performance").

About the authors

Christian Faden wrote this dissertation under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Dirk Hachmeister at the University of Hohenheim. He is a management consultant.

Table of contents (6 chapters)

  • Introduction and purpose

    Faden, Christian

    Pages 1-2

  • Working capital management: a review of performance measurement and its drivers

    Faden, Christian

    Pages 3-77

  • Driving firm performance based on an integrated operations approach consisting of manufacturing, supply chain management, working capital management and supply chain risk steering

    Faden, Christian

    Pages 78-110

  • Boosting firm performance: working capital management & supply risk chain steering as drivers

    Faden, Christian

    Pages 111-140

  • Coverage of the analysis

    Faden, Christian

    Pages 141-142

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eBook $59.99
price for USA (gross)
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Softcover $79.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-658-02745-2
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Optimizing Firm Performance
Book Subtitle
Alignment of Operational Success Drivers on the Basis of Empirical Data
Authors
Series Title
Schriften zum europäischen Management
Copyright
2014
Publisher
Gabler Verlag
Copyright Holder
Springer Fachmedien Wiesbaden
eBook ISBN
978-3-658-02746-9
DOI
10.1007/978-3-658-02746-9
Softcover ISBN
978-3-658-02745-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 176
Number of Illustrations and Tables
19 b/w illustrations
Topics