Globalization and its impact on operational decisions
The role of industrial districts in the textile industry
Department of Management, University of Valencia, Valencia, Spain
Received 19 May 2008 Revised 6 July 2008, 1 March 2009 Accepted 10 March 2009
Department of International Business, Manchester Business School, The University of Manchester, Manchester, UK, and
Pervez N. Ghauri
Department of Management, King’s College London, London, UK
Purpose – This paper aims to analyse the impact of globalization on the manufacturing operations of industries and industrial districts and how it inﬂuences the specialization and diversiﬁcation of manufacturing decisions. Design/methodology/approach – The sample includes 9,684 Spanish manufacturing textile ﬁrms and the analysis is both cross-sectional and longitudinal. Findings – The results show that globalization tends to diminish the district and subsector effects over time, but they also show the positive impact of specialization on productivity and of diversiﬁcation on business growth. Originality/value – The paper indicates to managers that the production function in textile ﬁrms has viability in Europe through achieving specialization and efﬁcient operations management. Keywords Globalization, Manufacturing systems, Operations management, Decision making, Textile industry, Spain Paper type Research paper
Introduction The textile-apparel industry represents traditional manufacturing in some of the European Union (EU) member countries (see European Commission at http://ec.europa.eu/ index_en.htm). Recently, however, this industry is facing important challenges that question its ability to survive and perform at an efﬁcient level particularly in its operational function (Dangayach and Deshmukh, 2001; Nordas, 2004; Golf et al., 2005;... [continues]
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