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A systematic review of research into the management of manufacturing capabilities

Egbunike, Obi, Purvis, Laura and Naim, Mohamed M. 2018. A systematic review of research into the management of manufacturing capabilities. Production Planning and Control 29 (16) , pp. 1349-1366. 10.1080/09537287.2018.1535147

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Abstract

Our study aims to explore the past and present knowledge related to the management of manufacturing capabilities and to assess the extent to which our knowledge of this field has developed. It places specific emphasis on the philosophical foundations of the field, while also providing a set of directions for future research. A systematic review is applied, covering 104 articles. The authors unfold a strong dominance of the positivist paradigm, and call for a more balanced and informed approach in philosophical and, more specifically, methodological selection by scholars. In terms of the research content, a strong bias exists towards measuring the impact that certain manufacturing capabilities, and various configurations of these, may have on key performance indicators, such as cost. Our review warns on the dangers of following a dominant paradigmatic stance and on the limitations of researching a limited area of the complex and dynamic manufacturing capabilities arena.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Business (Including Economics)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Manufacturing capabilities, literature review, research philosophy, content analysis.
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 0953-7287
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 19 May 2017
Date of Acceptance: 3 March 2017
Last Modified: 24 Jul 2020 15:11
URI: http://orca-mwe.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/100671

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