Global Manufacturing Management

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Using site-specific optimization approaches in international manufacturing networks is increasingly proving insufficient. To solve this problem, several holistic and integrated alternatives have been developed to reflect a global perspective. This book presents advances in the St. Gallen Global Manufacturing Network Model and its application in numerous industry-, benchmarking- and research projects. The contents combine data-driven solutions with qualitative management frameworks for the strategic optimization of international manufacturing networks.

In the first part, the book addresses the foundation of manufacturing network management and further describes the St. Gallen Operational Excellence approaches to manage plant performance. On this basis, the authors show how plant- and network-level performance can be enhanced via key improvement domains (e.g., strategy, configuration, coordination, performance management, digitalization). In turn, the second part demonstrates the application of the constructs in manufacturing companies from various industries. By combining research and practice, the book offers unique perspectives on the management of global production striving toward higher performance on manufacturing site and network level.


Thomas Friedli is Director of the Institute of Technology Management and Professor for production management at the University of St. Gallen (Switzerland). His main research interests are in the field of managing global production, operational excellence, and industrial services.

Gisela Lanza is a member of the management board at the wbk Institute of Production Science, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT, Germany). She heads the production systems division dealing with the topics of global production strategies, production system planning, and quality assurance in research and industrial practice. She places a special focus on data-driven planning and control of production networks in order to translate corporate strategy into tactical and operative network design.

Dominik Remling heads the global production research group at the Institute of Technology Management of the University of St. Gallen (Switzerland). The focus of his work lies in the field of global production management, in particular, the development of strategic management approaches for the configuration and coordination of production networks.


1. Introduction.- Part I: The Basics of Global Manufacturing Management.- 2. The St.Gallen Management Model for International Manufacturing Networks.- 3. Operational Excellence: The St.Gallen Model for Holistic Optimization.- Part II Managing Manufacturing Site & Network Optimization.-  4. Managing International Manufacturing Networks in Today's Business Environment.- 5. Unlocking Value with Production Network Optimization: A Strategic Perspective.- 6. Deriving a Network Strategy.- 7. Site Selection Processes in Global Production Networks.- 8. Design for X Site-Specific Adaptation of Production Processes and Products.- 9. Product-Mix Allocation.- 10. Order Planning.- 11. Adding an OPEX Perspective to Network Optimization.- 12. Process Quality Improvements in Global Production Networks.- 13. From Plants to Network: Digitalization as an Enabler for Global Manufacturing.- 14. Enabling Data-Based Applications in Manufacturing.- 15. Managing Manufacturing Network Performance.- 16. Operations Research in International Manufacturing Networks.- 17. The Role of the Plant Leaders.- Part III: Practitioner Contributions.- 18. Strategic Transformation and Operations Management at Bühler AG: A Holistic Approach.- 19. Global Manufacturing at CLAAS: From a Local-for-Local Structure Toward Network Excellence.- 20. Applying a Regional Manufacturing Network Analysis for PALFINGER.- 21. Network Optimization in 5-Year Cycles at Lapp Group.- 22. Holistic Manufacturing Network Management Approach at Jenoptik AG: Light and Production Division.- 23. Global Traceability as a Competitive Advantage: The Model-Based Approach of a Tier-1 Automotive Supplier.

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Global Manufacturing Management
From Excellent Plants Toward Network Optimization
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