A conceptual framework for enterprise management

M. Binder, B.T. Clegg*

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This paper reports on the theoretical foundations and the practical reasons for the increasing popularity of the enterprise management perspective. Theoretical foundations are given that discuss vertically integrated, virtual and extended enterprises in terms of endogenous and exogenous factors, and the tensions that these create. An exploratory study in the German automotive industry using inductive grounded theory was conducted, involving data collection via 28 semi-structured interviews with 16 companies and data validation via a questionnaire survey receiving 110 responses from 52 companies. The research delivers a conceptual framework to show how enterprise structures emerge, depending on the prevailing type of core competencies that they use. Furthermore, it proposes contingency-planning recommendations to facilitate managing the change from one structure to another as the demands placed upon the enterprise change.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3813-3829
Number of pages17
JournalInternational Journal of Production Research
Issue number18-19
Publication statusPublished - 15 Sept 2006
Event18th International Conference on Pattern Recognition - ICPR 2006, United Kingdom
Duration: 20 Aug 200624 Aug 2006

Bibliographical note

Selected papers from the 18th ICPR – “The networked enterprise: a challenge for a sustainable development"


  • automotive industry
  • collaboration
  • contingency planning
  • core competencies
  • enterprise management
  • organizational design


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