DOI: 10.1515/zwf-2024-1004 ISSN: 2511-0896

Centralism or Autonomy?

Fabian Specht, Jens Kaiser, Gwen Louis Steier, Kevin Gleich, Thomas Friedli, Gisela Lanza
  • Management Science and Operations Research
  • Strategy and Management
  • General Engineering


The right balance between centralization and autonomy in International Manufacturing Networks (IMNs) is the subject of an intensive debate within academic literature and practice. As part of a focus group with 18 industry experts at IMN management, we examined this topic in more detail. We could contribute to the scientific discussion with the latest insights from industrial challenges by identifying and evaluating the most critical challenges and the decision allocation within 14 diverse manufacturing companies.