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2nd Edition

Global Production Networks
Operations Design and Management, Second Edition

Edited By

Ander Errasti

ISBN 9781466562929
Published January 29, 2013 by CRC Press
356 Pages 202 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

The phenomenon of globalization has increased in recent decades due to the opening of borders in Eastern Europe and the sudden emergence of other countries in the global trade economy. Yet, the process of becoming global to get access to growing markets or to achieve quality, service, and/or cost advantages from the reconfigured Value Chains is one of the most complex processes that companies undertake. Global Production Networks: Operations Design and Management addresses the challenges that companies face and proposes a range of innovative methodological approaches when designing and implementing global manufacturing and logistics networks.

The book provides principles, tools, and techniques to help managers and practitioners tackle the design and management of global manufacturing and logistics networks. It presents guidelines based on the key activities and decisions of operations management for companies that have begun the internationalization process over the past few years, focusing on small and medium enterprises, and includes case studies that show best practices and recent trends. The author has worked closely with researchers and practitioners throughout the world to offer a methodological answer for the analysis and design of global networks with productive multilocation as well as the design of plants, warehouses, and supplier networks in new international contexts. The text also outlines the GlobOpe (Global Operations) framework and roadmap that outlines a logical path to identifying sources of competitiveness when designing and managing Global Production Networks.

The process of internationalization in global markets has often been tackled from the business point of view, but rarely from the perspective of the production and logistics systems that support it. This book takes an in-depth look at the strategy of production and logistics operations, providing a roadmap for managers who need to analyze, assess, define, and deploy the operations strategy in their companies.

Table of Contents

Trends in International Operations. Stages in The Internationalizations of Operations. Operations Strategy. New Production Facilities Location and Make/Buy-Local/Global Configuration Alternatives. Strategic Facility Role. Factory and Facilities Material Flow and Equipment Design. Planning/Scheduling Integrated System and Shoopfloor Management. Supplier Network Design And Sourcing. Ramp Up Process. Warehousing Material Flow and Equipment Design and Distribution Planning. Human Resource Management. Globope Framework Principles Tools and Techniques.

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… gives a good introduction to operations strategy and deployment and summarizes it in an understandable way for most readers. … should be in the book shelf for any operations manager with a global perspective.
Lars-Gunnar Nilsson, PartnerTech, Sweden

The broad coverage of the entire operations value chain can give a very good overview on current status of research. Shown case examples result in confidence that the presented concepts work in a real business environment. Based on the presentation of the concepts and the case examples it even gives the reader the opportunity to assess his own organization and also derive first actions to improve the status quo.
Dr.Niels Kuschinsky, Bosch Siemens Home Appliances Group, Munich, Germany

… provides the necessary frameworks to understand the challenges and possibilities of such an internationalization move. The coverage is wide, and the language is very clear, even though some advanced frameworks are presented. As in their first edition, the book is rich on frameworks and models, and there are not many books that can present and integrate all of them into a single text. The book not only does integrate the concepts, but it also provides up-to-date examples on how the concepts become relevant to today situations in all types of companies.
Jaume Ribera, IESE Business School, Barcelona, Spain