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Production system and competitive power of Chinese enterprises

—A case study on TCL King color TV


Taking TCL’s color TV production system as an example, this paper discusses the formation process and causes of the production system of China’s manufacturing industry. The work flow and operation mode of the fast production line in TCL color TV manufacturing base (Huizhou) are studied in detail. The results show that the forming of TCL color TV production system’s competitive power within such a short time is credited to three reasons: advantage of backwardness and creative imitation, fast duplication capacity, and a marketized performance appraisal system.


采用与国际接轨的、 规范性的案例研究方法, 以TCL彩电生产系统为案例研究对象, 探讨中国制造业生产系统的形成过程与原因。 通过详细考察TCL彩电生产基地(惠州)快速生产线的流程与运作模式, 对快速生产线上맜理与绩效考核及其演变过程进行了详细地调查研究。 TCL彩电生产系统能在短期内形成竞争能力主要有3个方面原因: 享受后发利益与创造性模仿、 形成快速复制的经营能力、 市场化的绩效考核。


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Correspondence to Zhang Chuyu.

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Translated and revised from Guanli Shijie 管理世界 (Management World), 2004, (12): 109–119

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Ouyang, T., Li, J., Zhang, C. et al. Production system and competitive power of Chinese enterprises. Front. Bus. Res. China 1, 494–520 (2007).

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