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An analysis of company structure and business processes in the capital goods industry in the U.K.

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Christian Hicks, Professor Christopher Earl, Professor Tom McGovern



This work is based on a study of capital goods suppliers to the power generation and distribution, materials handling, and offshore industries. Business processes are project-based and interdependent. They include sales, marketing, tendering, engineering, manufacturing, procurement, assembly, and commissioning. A model is presented which groups these processes into three categories: nonphysical, physical, and support processes. Capital goods companies have dynamic and evolving structures, aggregating processes in ways which seek to exploit new and changing markets. The model provides a mechanism for describing and analyzing structures. The combination of structural, process, and operational perspectives offers a framework for the analysis of capital goods companies. ©2000 IEEE.

Publication metadata

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

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management

Year: 2000

Volume: 47

Issue: 4

Pages: 414-423

Print publication date: 01/01/2000

ISSN (print): 0018-9391

ISSN (electronic): 1558-0040

DOI: 10.1109/17.895337


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