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Operations strategy processes and performance: insights from the contract apparel manufacturing industry

Journal Article


Abstract


  • Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to explore the significance and dynamics of alternativeoperations strategy (OS) processes towards developing a more complete picture of the strategy

    process-context-performance nexus. The findings are based on the statistical analysis of empirical

    evidence drawn from the contract apparel manufacturing industry in a developing country.

    Design/methodology/approach – Using a structured questionnaire and the key-informant

    approach data were collected from 109 contract apparel manufacturing firms in Sri Lanka. Cluster

    analysis was used to identify alternative configurations of strategy process modes.

    Findings – The analyses confirmed that the existence of alternative forms of OS development is

    statistically significant and that the alternative configurations of strategy process modes tested can all

    lead to superior performance, under certain circumstances.

    Research limitations/implications – The generalizability of these findings to other industry

    sectors within developing countries should be treated with caution, mainly due to the fact that the

    vast majority organizations selected for this study were subsidiaries of large international companies

    or comparable local counterparts. In order to better understand the linkages between OS and

    performance, data should be collected from multiple countries preferably using mixed-methods

    approaches.

    Originality/value – The findings are expected to contribute to operations management theory as

    they corroborate, with statistical evidence, the findings of recent qualitative studies. The results also

    confirm the existence of OS processes in developing countries that are consistent with the conceptual

    understanding developed in the context of developed countries.

Publication Date


  • 2015

Citation


  • Jagoda, K. & Kiridena, S. (2015). Operations strategy processes and performance: insights from the contract apparel manufacturing industry. Journal of Manufacturing Technology Management, 26 (2), 261-279.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84923677617

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/eispapers/3621

Has Global Citation Frequency


Number Of Pages


  • 18

Start Page


  • 261

End Page


  • 279

Volume


  • 26

Issue


  • 2

Place Of Publication


  • United Kingdom

Abstract


  • Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to explore the significance and dynamics of alternativeoperations strategy (OS) processes towards developing a more complete picture of the strategy

    process-context-performance nexus. The findings are based on the statistical analysis of empirical

    evidence drawn from the contract apparel manufacturing industry in a developing country.

    Design/methodology/approach – Using a structured questionnaire and the key-informant

    approach data were collected from 109 contract apparel manufacturing firms in Sri Lanka. Cluster

    analysis was used to identify alternative configurations of strategy process modes.

    Findings – The analyses confirmed that the existence of alternative forms of OS development is

    statistically significant and that the alternative configurations of strategy process modes tested can all

    lead to superior performance, under certain circumstances.

    Research limitations/implications – The generalizability of these findings to other industry

    sectors within developing countries should be treated with caution, mainly due to the fact that the

    vast majority organizations selected for this study were subsidiaries of large international companies

    or comparable local counterparts. In order to better understand the linkages between OS and

    performance, data should be collected from multiple countries preferably using mixed-methods

    approaches.

    Originality/value – The findings are expected to contribute to operations management theory as

    they corroborate, with statistical evidence, the findings of recent qualitative studies. The results also

    confirm the existence of OS processes in developing countries that are consistent with the conceptual

    understanding developed in the context of developed countries.

Publication Date


  • 2015

Citation


  • Jagoda, K. & Kiridena, S. (2015). Operations strategy processes and performance: insights from the contract apparel manufacturing industry. Journal of Manufacturing Technology Management, 26 (2), 261-279.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84923677617

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/eispapers/3621

Has Global Citation Frequency


Number Of Pages


  • 18

Start Page


  • 261

End Page


  • 279

Volume


  • 26

Issue


  • 2

Place Of Publication


  • United Kingdom