Skip navigation

Manufacturing strategies for the ecosystem-based manufacturing system in the context of 3D printing

Manufacturing strategies for the ecosystem-based manufacturing system in the context of 3D printing

Rong, Ke, Lin, Yong ORCID: 0000-0001-7118-2946, Yu, Jiang and Zhang, Yue (2019) Manufacturing strategies for the ecosystem-based manufacturing system in the context of 3D printing. International Journal of Production Research. ISSN 0020-7543 (doi:https://doi.org/10.1080/00207543.2019.1627436)

[img] PDF (Author Accepted Manuscript)
22687 LIN_Manufacturing_Strategies_for_the_Ecosystem-Based_Manufacturing_System_2019.pdf - Accepted Version
Restricted to Repository staff only until 10 June 2020.

Download (601kB) | Request a copy

Abstract

This paper aims to investigate the manufacturing strategies for the manufacturing systems in the context of 3D printing, referring to ecosystem-based manufacturing systems, rather than firm-based and network-based ones. A case study approach was adopted for this research, as the data was mainly collected via semi-structured interviews with staff members of companies in China. Besides the elements of strategic choices and manufacturing capabilities identified in the extant literature, this research verified three additional strategic choice elements (functional role, platform and solution) and identified two factors (platform openness and solution diversity) to classify an ecosystem-based manufacturing system. Meanwhile, four manufacturing capabilities of the ecosystem-based manufacturing system have been identified: collaborative manufacturing flexibility, rapid thriftiness ability, self-customisation and co-evolved design capability. This research results contribute to the area of manufacturing strategy via expanding its view from the firm and network levels to the ecosystem level. Meanwhile, the research results present operations managers with an understanding of the strategic choices and manufacturing capabilities of an ecosystem-based manufacturing system in the context of 3D printing.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: manufacturing strategy; manufacturing systems; strategic choices; manufacturing capability; business ecosystem; 3D printing
Subjects: T Technology > TS Manufactures
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Business
Faculty of Business > Department of Systems Management & Strategy
Faculty of Business > Networks and Urban Systems Centre (NUSC) > Connected Cities Research Group
Last Modified: 01 Oct 2019 10:51
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
Selected for GREAT 2019: GREAT 1
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/22687

Actions (login required)

View Item View Item

Downloads

Downloads per month over past year

View more statistics