A Typology of UK Engineer-to-order Companies (2001)

Author(s): Hicks C, McGovern T, Earl CF

    Abstract: A typology of four ideal types has been developed to classify the different forms of engineer-to-order (ETO) company. This framework is used to examine the impact of market changes on the configuration of production processes. Markets that were once stable are now dynamic and uncertain. The research found that ETO companies have responded to the environmental changes by adopting new configurations. Internal and external supply chains have been reorganised to gain competitive advantage. There has been a shift from vertical integration to the outsourcing of physical processes, as companies seek to reduce costs and lead-times whilst increasing external flexibility. The typology can be used first to map process configurations to environmental conditions, and second to identify the main drivers of configuration change.

      • Journal: International Journal of Logistics: Research and Applications
      • Volume: 4
      • Issue: 1
      • Pages: 43-56
      • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
      • Publication type: Article
      • Bibliographic status: Published

      Professor Christian Hicks
      Deputy Director, Professor of Operations Management

      Dr Tom McGovern
      Senior Lecturer in Business Strategy, Associate Director of the Leadership, Work and Organization Group, and Director of The Business, Accounting and Management History Research Group