Food Sharing

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Citation: Netland, T. H. & Aspelund, A. (2013) Company-specific production systems and competitive advantage:
A resource-based view on the Volvo Production System. International Journal of Operations & Production Management, Vol. 33, Iss. 11/12

Post-print. This is an Author's Original Manuscript of an article accepted for publication in the
International Journal of Operations & Production Management, Vol. 33, Iss. 12. Forthcoming.

Company-specific Production Systems and Competitive
Advantage: A resource-based view on the Volvo
Production System
Torbjørn H. Netland1, 2 and Arild Aspelund1

Department of Industrial Economics and Technology Management, NTNU


McDonough School of Business, Georgetown University

Purpose: In order to improve competitiveness on a global scale, multinational enterprises
increasingly develop a company-specific Production System (XPS) and deploy it in their
worldwide operations. An XPS is synonymous with a tailored corporate-wide improvement
programme. The purpose of this paper is to explore the circumstances under which an XPS
can provide a competitive advantage.

Methodology: We use an explorative case study methodology to investigate the link between
the establishment of an XPS and competitive advantage. Specifically we investigate the part
of the Volvo Group’s globally implemented Volvo Production System (VPS) that aim to
improve the manufacturing processes worldwide. Due to its historical trajectories, Volvo
constitutes a unique case for studying the trend and effects of XPS. The resource-based view
of the firm provides the theoretical foundation for our analysis.

Findings: We conclude with four research propositions. P1: In industries with widespread
XPS implementation, an XPS is a necessary resource for achieving competitive parity; P2a:
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