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Computerintegrated Manufacturing CIM Redefining the Manufacturing Firm into a Global Service Business

Computerintegrated Manufacturing CIM Redefining the Manufacturing Firm into a Global Service... The transformation of US manufacturing, led by computerintegratedmanufacturing CIM systems, has already begun to take root. Thisarticle examines the potential benefits to firms which understand andcan exploit CIM technology to its fullest extent. Because CIMsimultaneously provides high product variety with low costs,conventional assumptions about competitive strategy and organisationdesign need reevaluation. As companies must work with increasinglyscarce capital, human resources and time, CIM becomes an attractiveoption not only for highly capitalintensive industries such asautomobiles, but also for fastchanging areas such as textiles, fashiondesign, and consumer appliances. CIM combines the benefits of economiesof scope with the scale economies traditionally garnered only withlarge, rigid and dedicated factories. Success with CIM and other newmanufacturing technologies depends on new organisational designs andincentives that foster fast innovation and crossfunctional integration.CIMs promising role in transforming the manufacturing firm into aservice business across many different industries will spur many USfirms efforts to enter a global marketplace. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png International Journal of Operations & Production Management Emerald Publishing

Computerintegrated Manufacturing CIM Redefining the Manufacturing Firm into a Global Service Business

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © Emerald Group Publishing Limited
ISSN
0144-3577
DOI
10.1108/EUM0000000001288
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Abstract

The transformation of US manufacturing, led by computerintegratedmanufacturing CIM systems, has already begun to take root. Thisarticle examines the potential benefits to firms which understand andcan exploit CIM technology to its fullest extent. Because CIMsimultaneously provides high product variety with low costs,conventional assumptions about competitive strategy and organisationdesign need reevaluation. As companies must work with increasinglyscarce capital, human resources and time, CIM becomes an attractiveoption not only for highly capitalintensive industries such asautomobiles, but also for fastchanging areas such as textiles, fashiondesign, and consumer appliances. CIM combines the benefits of economiesof scope with the scale economies traditionally garnered only withlarge, rigid and dedicated factories. Success with CIM and other newmanufacturing technologies depends on new organisational designs andincentives that foster fast innovation and crossfunctional integration.CIMs promising role in transforming the manufacturing firm into aservice business across many different industries will spur many USfirms efforts to enter a global marketplace.

Journal

International Journal of Operations & Production ManagementEmerald Publishing

Published: Oct 1, 1991

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