Purpose – This paper, originally published in 1987, seeks to outline an agenda for conducting rigorous research into the flexibility of manufacturing processes. Design/methodology/approach – An initial domain for defining flexibility is established, specific measures are suggested, and sampling issues are discussed. There is also a discussion of relevant research problems that can be addressed once valid and reliable operationalisations exist. Findings – Its underlying premise is that current efforts are being impeded by the absence of operational measures for the concept. Originality/value – A useful historical perspective on manufacturing processes.
International Journal of Operations & Production Management – Emerald Publishing
Published: Dec 1, 2005
Keywords: Management research; Manufacturing industries; Flexible manufacturing systems
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