publication . Article . Other literature type . 1994

A Taxonomy of Manufacturing Strategies

Jeffrey G. Miller; Aleda V. Roth;
Open Access
  • Published: 01 Mar 1994 Journal: Management Science, volume 40, pages 285-304 (issn: 0025-1909, eissn: 1526-5501, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS)
This paper describes the development and analysis of a numerical taxonomy of manufacturing strategies. The taxonomy was developed with standard methods of cluster analysis, and is based on the relative importance attached to eleven competitive capabilities defining the manufacturing task of 164 large American manufacturing business units. Three distinct clusters of manufacturing strategy groups were observed. Though there is an industry effect, all three manufacturing strategy types are observed in various industries. The two main dimensions along which the manufacturing strategy groups differ are the ability of the firms in them to differentiate themselves from...
free text keywords: manufacturing, strategy, taxonomy, typology, Management Science and Operations Research, Strategy and Management, Manufacturing engineering, Strategic business unit, Economics, Computer-integrated manufacturing, Manufacturing strategy, Standard methods, Numerical taxonomy, Microeconomics, Business context, Marketing
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