APPLICATION OF THE FLEXIBLE SPECIALIZATION MODEL IN A LOCAL MANUFACTURING SYSTEM
Miniussi, Jalba Terezinha
Csillag, João Mário
This article presents the empirical results of application of the flexible specialization model, originally proposed by Piore and Sobel (1984) and more recently developed from the theoretical perspective of operations strategy by Nassimbeni (JOM, 2003, 21(2):151-171), in a traditional local footwear manufacturing system that is undergoing profound changes due to competitive pressures affecting the sector. The results, drawn from a multiple case study, provide evidences of a non-uniform evolutionary trajectory among the studied firms, notably regarding the strategic choice of internalizing production tasks. Additionally, the data analysis suggests that leading firms are developing an even higher flexibility and on-time delivery capabilities as a response to the increase of competitive pressures.