The limits of operations: Understanding the competiveness and resilience of firms in the global auto industry

Nicholas Oliver, M. Holweg

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Abstract

This paper explores the limitations of an Operations Management (OM) perspective in understanding the resilience of auto producers. Many influential OM models have emerged from the auto industry, yet these do not appear to be effective in predicting auto company failure. Drawing on case studies of failures and survivors, we conclude that operational effectiveness is only one of several factors that explain resilience, alongside scale, market reach and stakeholder support. Together, these parameters define a “survival envelope” which indicates an auto firm’s resilience. We operationalize these concepts into a resilience index of major auto firms.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Event23 EurOMA Conference - Trondheim, Norway
Duration: 17 Jun 201621 Jun 2016

Conference

Conference23 EurOMA Conference
CountryNorway
Period17/06/1621/06/16

Keywords

  • Resilience
  • auto industry
  • competitiveness

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