Technology and global manufacturing: some german experiences
journal contributionposted on 2017-06-08, 02:23 authored by Orr, Stuart, Sohal, Amrik S.
Based on interviews conducted with senior managers of four German multinationals, this papers discusses issues of technology management in the context of global manufacturing. An overview of the four companies and their competitive priorities is first presented. The paper then discusses the role of globalisation and issues relating to technology transfer and technology management. Based on our observations, we identify three common strategies/practices adopted by the companies studied, namely maintaining focus on core competencies/technological capabilities; maintaining a continuing dialogue between the R&D function at headquarters and the overseas operating units; and providing extensive education and training for all employees.