Title

Acquisition of Operations Capability: A Model and Test across U.S. and European Firms

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2004

Publication Title

International Journal of Production Research

Publisher

Taylor & Francis

Volume

42

Issue

4

First page number:

833

Last page number:

851

Abstract

In this paper, a three-factor model of operations capability is presented which, unlike previous studies that view capability as an outcome, examines the drivers of capability acquisition. The model proposes that capability acquisition is a function of an organization's commitment to the principles of quality management, just-in-time practices, and effective new product development processes. Furthermore, the paper proposes that these underlying facets of capability acquisition are common across geographic boundaries. The model is tested using data drawn from US and European companies. Results not only provide support for the three-factor model, but also for the invariance of the model and its underlying components between US and European firms.

Keywords

Business planning; Concurrent engineering; Concurrent engineering—Management; Just-in-time systems; New products; New products—Development; Reengineering (Management); Total quality management

Disciplines

Business | International Business | Operations and Supply Chain Management

Language

English

Permissions

Use Find in Your Library, contact the author, or interlibrary loan to garner a copy of the item. Publisher policy does not allow archiving the final published version. If a post-print (author's peer-reviewed manuscript) is allowed and available, or publisher policy changes, the item will be deposited.

Identifier

DOI: 10.1080/00207540310001626779

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