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Takes a holistic view of supply chain management tracing supply chains ultimately to end customers. Describes findings from empirical research in European automotive aftermarket supply chains performed under the EC ESPRIT initiative in the CMSO (CIM for Multi‐Supplier Operations) project. The...
Looks into the use of concurrent engineering (CE) in new product development (NPD) processes. To this end presents an NPD strategy framework, which is derived from an operations strategy framework filled out with integration mechanisms decision alternatives. The framework focuses on...
Presents a case study, based on semi‐structured interviews and shopfloor observations, of an optical fibre manufacturer in the North of England which has recently been taken over by a German company. The company was a traditional manufacturing organization, hierarchical and functional,...
In complex, job‐shop‐like production departments it is usually very difficult to predict the near‐future logistic performance as well as to explain or diagnose objectively why and how a certain performance has been achieved. Presents a prediction and diagnosis method that has been developed and...
Proposes to delineate a set of core principles from the Japanese kaizen concept and illustrate the contingent nature of the design and organization of continuous improvement (CI) processes, especially with respect to product/process standardization and work design. Given differences in the...
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