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posted on 07.02.2019, 12:22 by Enrique Garcia-Villarreal, Ran Bhamra, Martin Schoenheit
This paper investigates Critical Success Factors that affect the performance of organisations involved in Medical Technology supply chains (MTSCs) in Germany. The Medical Technology sector in Germany is considered an innovative, fast-growing and promising industry, being third behind the USA and China as the biggest market in the world, worth 29.9 billion euros in 2017. MTSCs in this country are under pressure from health service funding and cheaper imports, primarily from China. Consequently, supply chain success is of high importance and OEM operational improvements are critical. This exploratory study involved a multiple case study approach where 15 OEMs within German MTSCs were investigated. Following within-case and cross-case analysis, empirical results led to the development of testable propositions, which constitute a foundation for further research investigation. The findings show that there are six, prioritised Critical Success Factors for MTSCs that include sales and operations planning, product development process, and quality and compliance. These findings challenge existing assumptions about Critical Success Factors within MTSCs, providing practitioners with strategies showing that re-prioritised CSFs should improve operational performance of OEMs.



  • Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering

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Production Planning and Control


GARCIA-VILLARREAL, E., BHAMRA, R.S. and SCHONHEIT, M., 2019. Critical success factors of medical technology supply chains. Production Planning and Control, 30 (9), pp.716-735.


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