Chapter 16 - Global Operations and Supply Chain Management
8. What are the advantages to a worldwide firm of global standardization of its production
The complexity of a global manufacturing company’s operation is immense. Standardization of its
production facilities allows the business to simplify the production systems and allows for more
9. Discuss the influence of the uncontrollable environmental forces in global standardization of a
firm’s production facilities.
ICs operate in an ever-changing global marketplace. To be successful business leaders must
understand uncontrollable environmental forces and adapt to these changes. Examples that impact
international standardization of production include but are not limited to the following:
10. Discuss some of the alternative design solutions available to a company that chooses not to
completely standardize its production facilities.
The design of a company’s products and services has a fundamental relationship with the type of inputs
that the company will require, including labor, materials, information, and financing. An important
consideration in design is the extent to which the international company’s products and services will be
standardized across nations or regions or adapted to meet the different needs of various markets. The