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Flexible workshop: about the concept of flexibility

Flexible workshop: about the concept of flexibility This paper is an introduction to the problem of flexibility. We would like to show the predominant factors of flexibility, since not being aware of them may lead to a failure in the conception and the management of flexible production systems. After having described the present situation and having judged current achievements, this paper suggests definitions for the notions of polyvalency, apparent flexibility, dedicated activity, and specifies the relationship existing between these notions. Flexibility will be considered in relation to the concept of learning. Finally it shows that the flexible workshop, although production oriented, gives firms using it the appearance of services companies. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png International Journal of Agile Management Systems Emerald Publishing

Flexible workshop: about the concept of flexibility

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © 2000 MCB UP Ltd. All rights reserved.
ISSN
1465-4652
DOI
10.1108/14654650010312615
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Abstract

This paper is an introduction to the problem of flexibility. We would like to show the predominant factors of flexibility, since not being aware of them may lead to a failure in the conception and the management of flexible production systems. After having described the present situation and having judged current achievements, this paper suggests definitions for the notions of polyvalency, apparent flexibility, dedicated activity, and specifies the relationship existing between these notions. Flexibility will be considered in relation to the concept of learning. Finally it shows that the flexible workshop, although production oriented, gives firms using it the appearance of services companies.

Journal

International Journal of Agile Management SystemsEmerald Publishing

Published: Apr 1, 2000

Keywords: Flexibility; Flexible organizations; Learning

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