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Global Production

A Handbook for Strategy and Implementation

  • Eberhard Abele
  • Tobias Meyer
  • Ulrich Näher
  • Gernot Strube
  • Richard Sykes

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XII
  2. Frank Jacob, Gernot Strube
    Pages 2-33
  3. Tobias Meyer, Frank Jacob
    Pages 140-190
  4. Tobias Liebeck, Tobias Meyer, Eberhard Abele
    Pages 192-235
  5. Sebastian Simon, Marina Dervisopoulos, Frank Jacob, Ulrich Näher
    Pages 236-269
  6. Raimund Diederichs, Tobias Meyer, Markus Leopoldseder, Frank Jacob
    Pages 270-322
  7. Michael Stolle, Ulrich Näher, Frank Jacob, Nicolas Reinecke, James Hexter, Marina Dervisopoulos
    Pages 324-348
  8. Sebastian Simon, Ulrich Näher, Mads D. Lauritzen
    Pages 350-371
  9. Jürgen Kluge, Harald Proff
    Pages 372-379
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 380-401

About this book


What is the best configuration for a global production network? What are the different dynamics in low-cost vs. high-cost countries? Getting the answers right is key to building a competitive and efficient global production network. Centers of economic activity are shifting profoundly, globally and even regionally. Production is shifting even more dramatically than the economy as a whole, making it critical for decision makers to know what criteria matter most and how to make the right decisions on where to invest. Regardless of the industry involved, an optimized global footprint can translate to a competitive advantage. A comprehensive redesign typically yields a 20 to 40 percent reduction in manufacturing costs. Global production and purchasing operations create a platform for entry into new markets. Planning and implementing a sustainable globalization strategy, however, takes considerable effort; this book is there to help in that task.

The wealth of experience and analysis featured in Global Production is the result of an extensive survey among leading manufacturing companies as well as countless discussions with executives who have personally wrestled with the issues of "going global." In breadth and depth, the insights it offers surpass what a manager or most individual companies could acquire on their own.


Global Production Global Production Networks Management Manufacturing Performance Procurement Production Production Networks strategy

Editors and affiliations

  • Eberhard Abele
    • 1
  • Tobias Meyer
    • 2
  • Ulrich Näher
    • 3
  • Gernot Strube
    • 4
  • Richard Sykes
    • 5
  1. 1.Institut für Produktionstechnik und Spanende WerkzeugmaschinenTechnische Universität DarmstadtDarmstadtGermany
  2. 2.McKinsey & CompanySingaporeSingapore
  3. 3.McKinsey & CompanyTokyoJapan
  4. 4.McKinsey & CompanyMunichGermany
  5. 5.McKinsey & CompanyChicagoUSA

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Global Production
  • Book Subtitle A Handbook for Strategy and Implementation
  • Editors Eberhard Abele
    Tobias Meyer
    Ulrich Näher
    Gernot Strube
    Richard Sykes
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2008
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Business and Economics Business and Management (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-540-71652-5
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-662-50127-6
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-540-71653-2
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XII, 401
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Additional Information Original German edition published by Hanser, Munich, Vienna, 2006
  • Topics Operations Management
    Industrial and Production Engineering
  • Buy this book on publisher's site


From the reviews: “This book, an update of the 2005 German edition, is based on interviews with 100+ managers at 54 companies in Western Europe, North America and Asia … . The book, with a good quality touch, is filled with examples and data from companies and it has well-constructed, insightful data graphs and figures … . I would highly recommend this book to academicians, consultants and practitioners or anyone who would like to know more about the inner workings of global production networks.” (Gyula Vastag, International Journal of Production Research, Vol. 47 (19), October, 2009)