The plant location decision in multinational manufacturing firms: An empirical analysis of international business and manufacturing strategy perspectives

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

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Abstract

The paper combines perspectives from international business and manufacturing to examine multinational plant location decisions. The location choice in manufacturing is between integrated and independent plants, while the international choice is between a foreign and domestic plant relative to their headquarters' country. The study empirically investigates whether these choices have different plant location determinants using data from a survey of plant managers of large, multinational firms. We find more evidence that the manufacturing choices benefit from consideration of international business issues than vice versa. However, managers rank determinants associated with manufacturing strategy considerably higher than those associated with international business.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)109-132
Number of pages24
JournalProduction and Operations Management
Volume8
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 1999

Keywords

  • International management
  • Manufacturing strategy
  • Plant location
  • Plant networks

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Management Science and Operations Research
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
  • Management of Technology and Innovation

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