Operational Capabilities as One of the Preconditions for Presence in the Global Supply Network of the Autoparts Industry; A Multi-case AnalysisOperations Capabilities as One of the Preconditions to Join Global Supply Network of Autoparts Industry: A Multiple Case Analysis

Document Type : Research Paper


1 Ph.D. Candidate of Industrial Management, Department of Management and Accounting, Allameh Tabataba'i University, Tehran, Iran.

2 Faculty Member, Department of Management and Accounting, Allameh Tabataba'i University, Tehran, Iran.

3 Faculty Member, University Complex of Management and Industrial Engineering, Malek Ashtar University of Technology, Tehran, Iran.


The cooperation of any industrial production network with foreign partners, more than competitiveness, depends on their operational capabilities. This article sought to answer two questions choosing a qualitative-exploratory approach; what are the operational capabilities to join the global production network, and, what is the structure of operational capabilities? Data collection sources include autoparts industry experts who were selected in a judgmental and purposeful manner; 3 firms were chosen based on their presence in the global supply network. Data analysis was performed using thematic analysis. The case studies have been analyzed from the establishment to the present situation to identify operational capabilities related to the requirements of global automakers. The results are presented narratively so that the case studies lead to new theorems. Based on the results, operations continuity skills are labeled as operational routines, and growth and development skills are labeled as search routines. Routines are divided into categories of capabilities which lead to the deepening of routines through the learning process. Improvement capabilities include continuous improvement, management commitment to quality, and process management. Also, Growth and development-related innovation capabilities include multifunctional product design, equipment and process development, and the search for new technologies.


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