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The strategic role of the plant in international networks: a longitudinal study

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The strategic role of plants is an important decision variable in the design of international plant networks. The framework introduced by Ferdows in the 1990s offers an interesting typology, classifying plants according to their strategic role. Empirical research testing the framework showed its value as a tool for the analysis and assessment of the role of plants in such networks. This paper reports on a follow-up of this empirical study, ten years later. It shows that the typology has predictive value for the future perspectives of the plant. While most of the lead plants have survived, several off-shore and source plants, and some of the server and contributor plants have disappeared from the network. As such, the framework can be useful for plant managers whose objective is to safeguard the future of their plant, as well as for executives in headquarters, who design and redesign plant networks for future competitiveness.
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strategic role, international manufacturing, survival

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Vereecke, Ann, Arnoud De Meyer, and Roland Van Dierdonck. “The Strategic Role of the Plant in International Networks: a Longitudinal Study.” Vlerick Leuven Gent Working Paper Series 2008 : n. pag. Print.
APA
Vereecke, Ann, De Meyer, A., & Van Dierdonck, R. (2008). The strategic role of the plant in international networks: a longitudinal study. Vlerick Leuven Gent Working Paper Series. Gent ; BELGIUM: Vlerick Leuven Gent Management School.
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Vereecke, Ann, Arnoud De Meyer, and Roland Van Dierdonck. 2008. “The Strategic Role of the Plant in International Networks: a Longitudinal Study.” Vlerick Leuven Gent Working Paper Series. Gent ; BELGIUM: Vlerick Leuven Gent Management School.
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Vereecke, Ann, Arnoud De Meyer, and Roland Van Dierdonck. 2008. “The Strategic Role of the Plant in International Networks: a Longitudinal Study.” Vlerick Leuven Gent Working Paper Series. Gent ; BELGIUM: Vlerick Leuven Gent Management School.
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Vereecke A, De Meyer A, Van Dierdonck R. The strategic role of the plant in international networks: a longitudinal study. Vlerick Leuven Gent Working Paper Series. Gent ; BELGIUM: Vlerick Leuven Gent Management School; 2008.
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A. Vereecke, A. De Meyer, and R. Van Dierdonck, “The strategic role of the plant in international networks: a longitudinal study,” Vlerick Leuven Gent Working Paper Series, vol. 2008/07. Vlerick Leuven Gent Management School, Gent ; BELGIUM, 2008.
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  keywords     = {strategic role,international manufacturing,survival},
  language     = {eng},
  pages        = {24},
  publisher    = {Vlerick Leuven Gent Management School},
  series       = {Vlerick Leuven Gent Working Paper Series},
  title        = {The strategic role of the plant in international networks: a longitudinal study},
  volume       = {2008/07},
  year         = {2008},
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