Framework for assessing the strategic plant role and deploying an improvement roadmap in global operations networks: an empirical study

Miguel Mediavilla, Ander Errasti, Kepa Mendibil

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In the current global economy, with an increased international presence of all types of organisations, the design and management of global operations networks (GON) plays a vital role in organisational competitiveness. Whilst all types of organisations are facing significant challenges for managing increasingly complex global operations, current literature on GONs is still limited in its scope. The aim of this paper is to discuss the development and evaluation of a construct for assessing the strategic plant role and developing of an improvement roadmap in GONs. This research makes a contribution to current knowledge on global operations by extending the model proposed by Ferdows in 'Making the Most of Foreign Factories' (HBR, 1997) and operationalising it to enable its application for the design and optimisation of GONs.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)799-823
Number of pages25
JournalProduction Planning and Control
Issue number10
Early online date27 Feb 2015
Publication statusPublished - 27 Jul 2015



  • Akondia framework
  • global operations network
  • strategic plant role
  • value chain

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