DOI: 10.1515/zwf-2024-1006 ISSN: 2511-0896

Network Capability Configurations as a Catalyst for Competitive Advantage

Karl Gerhard Schalm, Thomas Friedli
  • Management Science and Operations Research
  • Strategy and Management
  • General Engineering


Historically, manufacturing companies supplied world markets out of their home countries. Today, most of them rely on a network of globally spread plants. The benefits a network provides are summarized under the term network capabilities. It remains open, how a well-designed network can compensate the lack in competitive advantage in, e. g., quality or flexibility. This article sheds light on which configurations of network capabilities are worthwhile investing into under defined contingencies.