Plant roles and decision autonomy in multinational plant networks

Catherine A. Maritan, Thomas H. Brush, Aneel G. Karnani

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The paper examines whether plants in a multinational manufacturing firm with different roles have different degrees of autonomy concerning planning, production and control decisions. Building on Ferdows' framework for classifying international plants in a network, we empirically examine the proposition that the degree of managerial autonomy varies according to strategic role of the plant. We ask whether different plant roles require different management systems and different levels of responsibility for decisions and find evidence of differentiated fit.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)489-503
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Operations Management
Issue number5
StatePublished - Oct 2004


  • Global operations
  • Operations strategy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Strategy and Management
  • Management Science and Operations Research
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

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