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Systemic Approaches to Strategic Management

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The application of systems theory to today’s businesses is a direct result of the enhancements that stem from globalization. In order to remain competitive in the new global environment, companies must alter their managerial methods and strategies. Systemic Approaches to Strategic Management: Examples from the Automotive Industry addresses the issues that industrial companies face in the current era of globalization and how the application of systems theory has affected their performance. Highlighting issues such as theoretical approaches of systems theory, production strategies, and organizational structure, this book is a pivotal reference source for practitioners, students, engineers, technicians, business managers, and economists interested in systems theory application in the management of industrial companies.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Title Page
  3. Copyright Page
  4. Book Series
  5. Foreword
    1. AN APPLICATION OF THE SYSTEMIC THEORY IN THE FIELD OF INDUSTRIAL COMPANIES
  6. Preface
    1. ABOUT THE SUBJECT
    2. ORGANIZATION OF THE BOOK
    3. TARGET AUDIENCE
  7. Acknowledgment
  8. Section 1: The Company Dealt with Systemically
    1. Chapter 1: Information in Systems Theory
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. THEORETICAL APPROACH OF THE “SYSTEM” CONCEPT
      3. USE OF THE ANALYSIS AND SYNTHESIS METHOD IN SYSTEMS THEORY
      4. MODELLING AND SIMULATING THE SYSTEMS
      5. AUTOMATIC ADJUSTMENT SYSTEMS
      6. AUTOMATIC ADJUSTMENT SYSTEM: MANAGEMENT SYSTEM INTERDEPENDENCE
      7. SYSTEMS MANAGEMENT
      8. INFORMATION AND ITS ROLE IN SYSTEMS MANAGEMENT
      9. SYSTEMIC DISTORTION OF INFORMATION USED IN SYSTEMS MANAGEMENT
      10. REFERENCES
    2. Chapter 2: The Risk in Systems Management
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. THEORY OF RISK
      3. THEORETICAL APPROACH OF MANAGERIAL RISK
      4. MANAGERS’ POSITION TO MANAGERIAL RISK
      5. INDUSTRIAL RISK
      6. REFERENCES
    3. Chapter 3: Use of Systems Theory to Deal with Industrial Companies
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. ANALYSIS OF COMPANY AS “CYBERNETIC SYSTEM”
      3. PRODUCTION SYSTEM: “THE COMPANY” CYBERNETIC SYSTEM RELATION
      4. APPLYING THE SYSTEMIC THEORY TO ANALYSE COMPANY’S FUNCTIONS
      5. CONTEMPORARY THEORIES ON COMPANY’S STRUCTURE
      6. FULL CYCLE OF COMPANIES’ OPERATION
      7. CONTROLLING THE ACTIVITY OF THE ORGANISATION
      8. REFERENCES
    4. Chapter 4: Companies' Operation Environments in a Global Economy
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. COMPETITION AND COMPETITORS, ELEMENTS OF COMPANIES’ EXTERNAL ENVIRONMENT
      3. COMPANY’S INTERNAL ENVIRONMENT AND ITS COMPONENTS
      4. COMPANIES’ AMBIGUOUS OPERATING ENVIRONMENT
      5. DECISIONAL PROCESS IN COMPANIES OPERATING IN AN AMBIGUOUS ENVIRONMENT
      6. REFERENCES
    5. Chapter 5: Companies' Activities in the Current Market Economy
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. MARKET UNDER GLOBALISATION
      3. COMPETITIVE DEVELOPMENT OF COMPANIES UNDER GLOBAL ECONOMY
      4. COMPANIES’ GROWTH “IN WAVES” UNDER A GLOBALISED ECONOMY
      5. COMPANIES’ INTERNATIONALIZATION UNDER GLOBAL ECONOMY
      6. COMPANIES’ RATING UNDER THE CURRENT MARKET ECONOMY
      7. COMMUNICATION MODELS USED IN CURRENT COMPANIES’ MANAGEMENT
      8. REFERENCES
    6. Chapter 6: Company Organisation under Current Globalisation
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. STRUCTURAL ORGANISATION
      3. FACTORS INFLUENCING THE STRUCTURAL ORGANISATION
      4. ORGANISATIONAL STRUCTURE DESIGN
      5. ORGANISATIONAL STRUCTURE DESIGN: MANAGERIAL COMMUNICATION INTERDEPENDENCE
      6. TYPES OF ORGANISATIONAL STRUCTURES
      7. FORMAL ORGANISATION: INFORMAL ORGANISATION RELATION
      8. STRATEGY HARMONISATION WITH COMPANIES’ STRUCTURE
      9. REFERENCES
  9. Section 2: Use of Systemic Theory in Strategic Management
    1. Chapter 7: Companies' Strategies
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. COMPANIES’ STRATEGIES AND POLICIES
      3. COMPANY MANAGERIAL STRATEGIES
      4. COMPANY STRATEGIES SYSTEM
      5. STRATEGIC ALTERNATIVES AND THEIR CLASSIFICATION
      6. EVALUATION AND CONTROL OF STRATEGIES
      7. STAKEHOLDERS AND THEIR ROLE IN PREPARING COMPANIES’ STRATEGIES
      8. COMPANY’S SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT STRATEGY
      9. REFERENCES
    2. Chapter 8: Considerations on the Current State of Strategic Management
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. OPINIONS ON THE STRATEGIC MANAGEMENT PROCESS STRUCTURE
      3. EUROPEAN CONCEPT OF STRATEGIC MANAGEMENT
      4. JAPANESE MANAGEMENT, EXISTENCE FORM OF STRATEGIC MANAGEMENT
      5. KAIZEN STRATEGY IN AUTOMOTIVE INDUSTRY
      6. INDUSTRIAL COMPANIES’ STRATEGIES UNDER CURRENT GLOBALISATION
      7. STRATEGY AS WORKING TOOL OF STRATEGIC MANAGEMENT
      8. OPTIMISATION OF COMPANY STRATEGY
      9. REFERENCES
    3. Chapter 9: Communication in the Process of Elaborating Strategies on Company Development
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. THEORETICAL APPROACH OF COMMUNICATION IN INDUSTRIAL COMPANIES
      3. SPECIFICITY OF MANAGERIAL COMMUNICATION IN COMPANIES
      4. COMPANIES’ DIAGNOSIS: STARTING POINT IN DEVELOPING INDUSTRIAL COMPANIES’ STRATEGY
      5. MODELS USED TO ANALYSE THE INDUSTRIAL COMPANIES’ STRATEGIES PORTFOLIO
      6. DEVELOPMENT OF ROMANIAN INDUSTRIAL COMPANIES’ STRATEGIES DURING THE TRANSITION PERIOD
      7. REFERENCES
    4. Chapter 10: Production Strategies of Companies in Machine Manufacturing Industry
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. COMPLEXITY OF PRODUCTION PROCESS IN MACHINE MANUFACTURING INDUSTRY
      3. POSITIONING THE INDUSTRIAL STRATEGY IN REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT STRATEGY
      4. USE OF DECISION TREE TO OPTIMIZE PRODUCTION STRATEGIES
      5. STRATEGY OF ADVANCED PRODUCTION SYSTEMS
      6. USE OF EXPERT SYSTEMS TO DEVELOP THE PRODUCTION STRATEGY
      7. REFERENCES
    5. Chapter 11: Strategies Used to Improve Industrial Companies' Production Quality
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. STRATEGIES IN THE PRODUCTION QUALITY FIELD
      3. USE OF TAGUCHI METHOD TO IMPROVE PRODUCTION QUALITY
      4. STRATEGIES TO IMPROVE THE QUALITY OF PRODUCTION PROCESSES IN INDUSTRIAL COMPANIES
      5. REFERENCES
    6. Chapter 12: Budgeting Technique of Strategic Management
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. THE FUNDAMENTS OF BUDGETING
      3. BUDGETING THE ACTIVITY OF THE INDUSTRIAL COMPANY
      4. THE USE OF BUDGETS IN THE MANAGEMENT OF THE INDUSTRIAL COMPANY
      5. REFERENCES
    7. Chapter 13: Use of Budgets to Elaborate the Strategy of Industrial Production Costs
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. THEORETICAL APPROACHES
      3. THE SYSTEM OF PRODUCTION COSTS BUDGETS
      4. REFERENCES
    8. Chapter 14: Interdependence Relation between Industrial Companies' Logistics and Commercial Strategies
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INVOLVEMENT OF LOGISTICS IN COMPANY’S COMMERCIAL RELATIONS
      3. IMPACT OF LOGISTICS IN ORGANISING THE MANUFACTURERS – DISTRIBUTORS – CUSTOMERS RELATIONS
      4. LOGISTICS: PILOT OF DISTRIBUTION NETWORKS
      5. IMPROVEMENT OF SERVICE QUALITY AT THE CUSTOMER: CONSEQUENCE OF LOGISTICS
      6. DEFINING THE COMMERCIAL LOGISTICS SYSTEM
      7. DESIGNING AND PLANNING THE COMMERCIAL LOGISTICS SYSTEM
      8. MEANS TO MONITOR COMPANY’S SALES
      9. SYSTEM FOR MONITORING THE PERFORMANCES OF COMPANY’S COMMERCIAL ACTIVITY
      10. LOGISTICS: COMMERCIAL STRATEGIES RELATIONS
      11. REFERENCES
  10. Compilation of References
  11. About the Contributors