Managing highly flexible facilities: an essential complementary asset at risk

Robert Tierney, Aard J. Groen, Rainer Harms, Miriam Luizink, Dale Hetherington, Harold Stewart, Steven T. Walsh, Jonathan Linton

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    Purpose: Twenty first century problems are increasingly being addressed by multi technology solutions developed by regional entrepreneurial and intreprepreneurial innovators. However, they require an expensive new type of fabrication facility. Multiple technology production facilities (MTPF) have become the essential incubators for these innovations. This paper aims to focus on the issues. Design/methodology/approach: The authors address the lack of managerial understanding of how to express the value and operationally manage MTPF centers through the use of investigative case study methods for multiple firms in the study. Findings: Owing to the MTPF centers' novelty and outward similarity to high volume semiconductor fabrication (HVF) facilities, they are laden with ineffective operation and strategic management practices. Metrics are the standard for both operational and strategic management of HVF facilities, yet their application to this new type of center is proving ineffectual. Research limitations/implications: These new types of regional economic resources may be at risk. A new approach is needed. Practical implications: The authors develop an operational and strategic metrics management approach for MTPFs that are based on these facilities' unique nature and leverages both the HVF and R&D metrics knowledge base. Social implications: Innovations at the interface of micro technology, nanotechnology and semiconductor micro fabrication are poised to solve many of these problems and become a basis for job creation and prosperity. If a new management technique is not developed, then these harbingers of regional economic development will be closed. Originality/value: While there is an abundance of research on metrics for HVF, this is the first attempt to develop metrics for MTPFs
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)233-255
    JournalInternational journal of entrepreneurial behaviour & research
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - 2012


    • Entrepreneurship
    • Metrics
    • Nanotechnology
    • Technology
    • Innovation
    • Research and development

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