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Production functions or governance structures : operations strategy within the firm

conference contribution
posted on 06.12.2017, 00:00 by RJ Jenkins, Paul HylandPaul Hyland
Since the early work of Skinner, much has been written on operations strategy; but managers still do not appear to carry out the actions in the practice of operations management. This paper is motivated by this issue, and in order to respond to this issue we will first decide how we will conceptualise the organization in which operations function performs. It is possible to think of the organization as a productive function, and this may ground one approach to strategizing within the operations function. An alternative perspective conceptualises the firm as a governance structure, and in this form, the process of strategizing within the operations function is problematic. This paper reviews the alternative perspective, based heavily on the resource based view of the firm, and uses material based on the experiences of an Australian company to illustrate aspects of strategizing within the operations function.

Funding

Category 1 - Australian Competitive Grants (this includes ARC, NHMRC)

History

Start Page

93

End Page

104

Number of Pages

12

Start Date

01/01/2003

Finish Date

01/01/2003

ISBN-10

1863657088

Location

Sydney, Australia

Publisher

University of Technology

Place of Publication

Sydney, N.S.W.

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

No

External Author Affiliations

Faculty of Business and Law; Operations Management Symposium; TBA Research Institute; University of Technology, Sydney;

Era Eligible

Yes

Name of Conference

Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management. Operations Management Symposium