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A strategic approach for managing stakeholder interests is critical for global assembly plant site development and management. Using data culled from 1,214 articles on 35 notable assembly plant closures in the automotive and heavy truck industries from 1995-2018, this paper documents both the stated rationale and the stakeholder impact of each closure. A novel strategic planning and decision-making framework then offers some guidance for plant site development that leverages current thinking about industrial lifecycle and stakeholder-driven management strategies. The resulting framework informs some practical guidance for both current plant managers and the heads of global manufacturing strategy who wish to begin the process.

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Jeff Shockley

Jeff Shockley

Virginia Commonwealth University

Jeff Shockley is Associate Professor of Supply Chain Management and Analytics at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), Richmond, VA, where he teaches graduate and undergraduate coursework in the areas of operations management, quantitative analysis, global logistics...

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Patrick Collignon

Patrick Collignon

Volvo AB

Patrick Collignon, was born in Belgium and has been working most of his career in the automotive and commercial vehicle industry for both General Motors and the Volvo Group. From 2012 until 2017, he was COO for Volvo Group Trucks in North and South America covering...

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Xiaojin (Jim) Liu

Xiaojin (Jim) Liu

Virginia Commonwealth University

Xiaojin (Jim) Liu is an assistant professor of Supply Chain Management and Analytics at the School of Business, Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). His research is focused on developing and evaluating innovative and responsible operations around management practices...

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