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Achieving Manufacturing Flexibility Through Entrepreneurial Orientation

Shih-Chia Chang, R. Lin, Fu-Jen Chang, Rong-Huei Chen
Published 2007 · Computer Science, Engineering

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Purpose – Entrepreneurial orientation (EO) purportedly enhances a firm's competitive edge, but its alignment with specific dimensions of manufacturing flexibility has not been convincingly documented. The purpose of this study is to investigate the effects of several identifiable aspects of EO on particular types of manufacturing flexibility.Design/methodology/approach – Using the data collected from 115 motherboard manufacturers, the study employs multiple regression analysis to examine the effects of entrepreneurial practices on manufacturing flexibility.Findings – The statistical results lead to the following conclusions: autonomy, innovativeness, risk‐taking and proactiveness have significant positive effects on new product flexibility; autonomy, innovativeness, and competitive aggressiveness improve product mix flexibility; innovativeness, proactiveness, and competitive aggressiveness determine volume flexibility.Research limitations/implications – The research focuses exclusively on external manufac...
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