International Integration and Coordination in the Global Factory
The new institutional form known as “the global factory” is the key to understanding changes in the configuration of the world
The evolution of the global factory requires managers to act as orchestrators or co-ordinators across the system of globally
inter-connected firms. Managerial styles need to accommodate these changes.
Integration and coordination in the global factory are critical success factors. Control of information is central to these
roles. Location and control are still key variables but extra degrees of freedom in location of activities and non-ownership
forms of control are increasing in importance.