The new global factory: A systems perspective for addressing the complexity of localization in emerging markets

DSM 14 Proceedings of the 16th International DSM conference: Risk and Change management in complex systems

Year: 2014
Editor: Marle, F.; Jankovic, M.; Maurer, M.; Schmidt, D. M.; Lindemann, U.
Author: Wehner, P.; Sillitto, H.; Harris, S.
Series: DSM
Section: Managing Multiple Domains in Complex Projects
Page(s): 379-388


cturers that are expanding into emerging markets to access both markets and production resources there. By examining one specific western manufacturer that is making this journey in some detail, it develops a systems framework that helps the overall system complexity to be deconstructed, and to be presented as an overall global factory ‘system of systems’, that links three specific systems: a production system, an innovation system, and a management system. We argue that this PIM (Production – Innovation – Management) segmentation of the system complexity, combined with the business process system that links them together within the global factory environment, represents a useful contribution for helping firms to address the complexities that they face when expanding from being nationally based international manufacturers, to being Global Factories.

Keywords: Systems Engineering, Problem Structuring, System Dynamics, Complexity Science, Emerging Markets

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