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Title: The role of strategic management in the electronics industry in China
Author: Leung, C. W.
Awarding Body: University of Wales Swansea
Current Institution: Swansea University
Date of Award: 1997
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This study of China's electronics industry utilises the manufacturing strategy theoretical framework of Hayes and Wheelwright. The macro approach examines the influences of intra- and international environments. The micro perspective focuses on eight decision categories (facilities, capacity, technology, vertical integration, workforce, organisation, quality and production planning/materials control) and on an internal analysis (at the company level). Competitive priorities (cost, delivery, quality and flexibility) are also scrutinised and compared. The year 1978 was a watershed year for China's economy. It marked the beginning of great economic reforms under Deng Xiaoping. Since then, China has entered a new economic era and her GNP growth ranks among the healthiest in the world. China has succeeded in international production and business. Her economic environment attracts considerable foreign investment. The oft-cited low manufacturing costs are only one reason for China's success. Many new economic and industrial strategies are also responsible for the growth. The electronics industry is adopted here, as a benchmark for China's new found prosperity. One of the respondents' factories is selected for case study, in order to compare its manufacturing strategy versus the overall findings whether the individual results are typical and consistent. Inland realm for facilities location, management and operating system and workforce development, manufacturing processes technology upgrade, vertical integration implementation and industrial infrastructure improvement are recommended for further improvement. As low cost and flexible human resources are a bedrock of the competitive advantages, emerging in quality and then flexibility in-depth will strengthen the competitive edges of China's electronics industry. However, further inland reform (Yangtze Strategy), state-owned enterprises reform and some of the military industry privatisation are considered as the future strategies of China.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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