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Flexibility A Manufacturing Conundrum

Flexibility A Manufacturing Conundrum The word flexible, when viewed in an industrialcontext, although accepted by users and suppliers equally, does not bearuniformity of meaning, as different types of flexibility requiredifferent manufacturing responses. Change can be capacityrelated,induced by customers or equipmentrelated, and a manufacturing strategymay involve price, andor speed and reliability of delivery. However,although types of flexibility may interrelate and conflict with oneanother, organisations must ensure that their investments produce thebenefits appropriate to their markets. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png International Journal of Operations & Production Management Emerald Publishing

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © Emerald Group Publishing Limited
ISSN
0144-3577
DOI
10.1108/EUM0000000001266
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Abstract

The word flexible, when viewed in an industrialcontext, although accepted by users and suppliers equally, does not bearuniformity of meaning, as different types of flexibility requiredifferent manufacturing responses. Change can be capacityrelated,induced by customers or equipmentrelated, and a manufacturing strategymay involve price, andor speed and reliability of delivery. However,although types of flexibility may interrelate and conflict with oneanother, organisations must ensure that their investments produce thebenefits appropriate to their markets.

Journal

International Journal of Operations & Production ManagementEmerald Publishing

Published: Feb 1, 1991

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