Dispersed Manufacturing Networks

Challenges for Research and Practice

  • Rob Dekkers

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Prologue

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Pages 3-12
  3. Networks as Complex Adaptive Systems

  4. Control and Coordination in Industrial Networks

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 107-110
    2. Petri Helo, Natalia Kitaygorodskaya, Sari Salminen, Roger J. Jiao
      Pages 111-129
    3. Hossein Sharifi, Hossam Ismail, Iain Reid
      Pages 131-153
  5. International Issues of Industrial Networks

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 155-158
    2. Joachim Kuhn
      Pages 159-177
    3. Stephen A. Smith, David J. Petty, David G. Trustrum, Ashraf W. Labib
      Pages 179-194
  6. Epilogue

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 241-241
    2. Pages 243-249
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 251-257

About this book


Customers in geographically dispersed, emerging and established global markets nowadays demand higher quality products in a greater variety, at lower cost, and in a shorter time. As a result, organizations have moved from centralized, vertically integrated, single-site manufacturing facilities to geographically dispersed networks of resources. The emerging possibilities of information technology and data communication, the globalization of markets, and the ongoing specialization of firms have paved the way for Dispersed Manufacturing Networks as an organizational paradigm for collaboration and coordination across loosely connected agents.

Dispersed Manufacturing Networks provides new perspectives of dispersed manufacturing systems from three points of view. The first is that offered by complex systems theory, particularly on how agents in these industrial networks interact and how that provides possibility for coordination. The book also elaborates on issues of coordination and planning, as well as examining new solutions and challenges for logistics problems and collaboration in engineering networks within the internationalisation perspective. These methods and tools offer pathways to the development of integrative approaches.

The impact of globalization is discussed for both managerial decision-making and operational performance of supply chains. A strong emphasis is placed on the need for continuous decision-making with recognition of the fact that networks of loosely connected agents require different approaches.

Both researchers and professionals will welcome Dispersed Manufacturing Networks. It is an informative guide for those researching and working across a range of fields, including manufacturing management and networks; ICT applications, such as virtual networks or holonic manufacturing; and operations management.


Collaborative Networks Complex Adaptive Systems Manufacturing Manufacturing Management Manufacturing System SRUK capacity control design logistics production quality simulation supply chain supply chain management

Editors and affiliations

  • Rob Dekkers
    • 1
  1. 1.Div. Management & Business EconomicsPaisley Business SchoolPaisleyUK

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer London 2009
  • Publisher Name Springer, London
  • eBook Packages Engineering
  • Print ISBN 978-1-84882-467-6
  • Online ISBN 978-1-84882-468-3
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