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Strategic Consensus in SMEs: Behavioral Operations Perspective on Manufacturing Strategy

Nina Edh (Institutionen för teknikens ekonomi och organisation, Operations Management) ; Anna Fredriksson (Institutionen för teknikens ekonomi och organisation, Logistik och transport) ; Mats Winroth (Institutionen för teknikens ekonomi och organisation, Operations Management)
Proceedings for the 22nd International Conference on Production Research, Challenges for Sustainable Operations, July 28th - Aug 1, 2013, Parana, Brazil (2013)
[Konferensbidrag, refereegranskat]

Previous manufacturing strategy (MS) studies have to a limited extent incorporated the people dimension emphasized in the behavioral operations field. This paper aims to empirically examine the relationship between managers’ and operators’ perceptions of MS from a behavioral operations perspective. Interviews with both managers and operators at three Swedish metalworking small and medium enterprises (SMEs) were conducted. The results show a higher level of strategic consensus, compared to earlier research. Strategic consensus is primarily seen within the intra-organizational dimensions. Lack of consensus seems to be caused primarily by poor communication about strategic objectives and long-term plans. By emphasizing the people dimension of MS, this paper contributes to increased knowledge about strategic consensus at SMEs and the importance of strategic commitment and strategic consensus for a successful MS process.

Nyckelord: Strategic consensus, Behavioral operations, Manufacturing strategy, SME



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Institutioner (Chalmers)

Institutionen för teknikens ekonomi och organisation, Operations Management (2006-2016)
Institutionen för teknikens ekonomi och organisation, Logistik och transport (2005-2016)

Ämnesområden

Produktion
Industriell organisation, administration och ekonomi

Chalmers infrastruktur