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Processes 2019, 7(3), 176; https://doi.org/10.3390/pr7030176

Designing Supply Networks in Automobile and Electronics Manufacturing Industries: A Multiplex Analysis

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Department of Management, College of Business Administration, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS 66506, USA
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Department of Supply Chain Management, The Eli Broad Graduate School of Management, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824, USA
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Received: 7 March 2019 / Revised: 21 March 2019 / Accepted: 22 March 2019 / Published: 26 March 2019
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Abstract

This study investigates the process of how the original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) in automobile and consumer electronics industries design their supply networks. In contrast to the sociological viewpoint, which regards the emergence of networks as a social and psychological phenomenon occurring among non-predetermined individuals, this paper attempts to provide a strategic supply network perspective that views the supply network as a strategic choice made by an OEM. Anchored in the multiplex investigation of supply network architectures, this study looks into the following specific questions: (1) Are an OEM’s strategic intent choices associated with supply network architecture and (2) If so, what differential effects do those strategic intents have on the architectural properties of the supply network? Further field investigations were conducted to provide deeper insights into the quantitative and qualitative findings from statistical analyses. View Full-Text
Keywords: supply network design; network multiplexity; network analysis; supply chain management; allied engineering supply network design; network multiplexity; network analysis; supply chain management; allied engineering
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Kim, M.K.; Narasimhan, R. Designing Supply Networks in Automobile and Electronics Manufacturing Industries: A Multiplex Analysis. Processes 2019, 7, 176.

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