Core Manufacturing Competencies
A clear understanding of manufacturing competencies improves the formulation and implementation of manufacturing strategy for competitive advantage. Manufacturing competencies play three key roles in the formulation of strategy: (1) they clarify the differences between manufacturing means and manufacturing outcomes; (2) manufacturing competencies help maintain a strategic direction over time; and (3) they provide deeper insights for translating manufacturing policies into product attributes that produce competitive advantages. The following companies are discussed here: Allegheny Ludlum Corp; GM; Hitachi Seiki; John Crane Limited; Nummi; Toyota.
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