Managerial approach to subcontract manufacture co-operation in the metal industry. Common Agenda as a management tool between parties: Dissertation

Kai Häkkinen

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Abstract

In this study, a new concept of Common Agenda as a management tool for subcontract manufacture co-operation is introduced and tested. The research problem is formulated by analyzing the theory of the firm. The research problem is the proposal of Common Agenda itself and its usability as a management tool in subcontract manufacture co-operation in the metal industry. The creation of Common Agenda and its testing are undertaken in connection with Finnish metal industry companies. The nature of this study follows mainly a hypothetic-deductive model. On the other hand, the content of the headings of Common Agenda is created following inductive logic. The proposal of Common Agenda can be seen as a hypothesis, which was tested in the real world. The study is based on the conceptual approach and is carried out using multiple case research design. The first part of the study is based on the related literature and it is aimed at formulating the research problem. In the second part, the study deals with different kinds of classifications of subcontracting phenomena and introduces a proposal for Common Agenda with headings. The third phase of the study concentrates on the case testing of Common Agenda with headings (content test and functionality test). In the final phase, we analyze the results of the study and make generalizations for the doctrine of business management and practice. The proposal for Common Agenda has the following headings, which are called: 1) subcontractor/principal selecting process, 2) concurrent engineering process, 3) quality assurance process, 4) logistics process, 5) manufacturing planning and control process, 6) financial process, 7) contract and order process, and 8) management of the processes. The content test shows that the proposed Common Agenda with headings can act as a basis for mutual discussion in subcontract manufacture co-operation. Additionally, the functionality test shows that Common Agenda with headings can be used as a tool for a practical evaluation method in subcontract manufacture co-operation. Considering the research problem, we can state that Common Agenda is a vital theoretical instrument to be placed in the doctrine. Practical implications based on case testing indicate that Common Agenda seems to function as a managerial tool for co-operating companies in practice. The analysis of quality evaluation results revealed problems in the subcontract manufacture processes in the case companies. These results are only indicative and require more detailed research in order to localize and understand the problems. Finally, the study concentrates on the concept of truth and proposes a concept of Common Truth as a base for Common Agenda.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor Degree
Awarding Institution
  • Aalto University
Supervisors/Advisors
  • Aaltonen, Kalevi, Supervisor, External person
Award date3 Oct 2008
Place of PublicationEspoo
Publisher
Print ISBNs978-951-38-7087-4
Electronic ISBNs978-951-38-7088-1
Publication statusPublished - 2008
MoE publication typeG4 Doctoral dissertation (monograph)

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Management tools
Metal industry
Agenda
Testing
Functionality
Theory of the firm
Logistics
Logic
Research design
Subcontracting
Concurrent engineering
Evaluation method
Quality evaluation
Planning process
Case research
Subcontractors
Business management
Business practices
Manufacturing planning and control
Quality assurance

Keywords

  • subcontract
  • manufacture
  • Common Agenda
  • management
  • metal industry

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Espoo : VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, 2008. 152 p.

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