52 Years of manufacturing strategy: an evolutionary review of literature (1969–2021)

Vishwas Dohale, Angappa Gunasekaran, Milind Madhukarro Akarte, Priyanka Verma

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Manufacturing strategy is an essential aspect of production and operations management discipline. It plays a crucial role in the success of business strategy by configuring manufacturing decisions effectively to achieve the firm's competitive advantage in the marketplace. From the advent of the manufacturing strategy concept, it has advanced immensely through the contribution of researchers in scholarly outlets. This paper provides an evolutionary overview of the literature on the manufacturing strategy domain to provide the scientific landscape of existing studies for exploring the progression of the domain over five decades. In this study, 1034 articles published from 1969-2021 are selected, reviewed, and analysed. We critically explored the evolution in the publication trend, usage of keywords, and identified the prominent themes of manufacturing strategy. Based on the thematic analysis of literature, a systemic manufacturing strategy formulation framework is proposed. Further, we determined the critical strategies considered in the manufacturing domain and mapped their evolution according to the industrial revolutions. This study provides significant contributions to the progression of the manufacturing strategy domain by recommending future research opportunities identified through the literature analysis. The practitioners and policymakers can utilise the proposed systemic manufacturing strategy framework to formulate the strategy at their firm.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)569-594
Number of pages26
JournalInternational Journal of Production Research
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2022

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Strategy and Management
  • Management Science and Operations Research
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


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