From mass production to flexible/agile production

From mass production to flexible/agile production In industrial management, the 1980s marked the end of the twentieth century, an epoch dominated by US manufacturers, the alleged masters of mass production. This system has now been outstripped in several dynamic sectors by flexible/agile production. Increases in the pace of technological progress, training and aspirations have made the modern context so dynamic that firms which manage to harness the creativity and initiative of a good part of their workforce have an advantage over those that can only count on the input of their experts and managers. In sectors undergoing relatively broad and rapid change, twenty‐first century firms must adopt a more flexible and innovative type of organization to achieve manufacturing excellence. 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 © 1997 MCB UP Ltd. All rights reserved.
ISSN
0144-3577
DOI
10.1108/01443579710182936
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Abstract

In industrial management, the 1980s marked the end of the twentieth century, an epoch dominated by US manufacturers, the alleged masters of mass production. This system has now been outstripped in several dynamic sectors by flexible/agile production. Increases in the pace of technological progress, training and aspirations have made the modern context so dynamic that firms which manage to harness the creativity and initiative of a good part of their workforce have an advantage over those that can only count on the input of their experts and managers. In sectors undergoing relatively broad and rapid change, twenty‐first century firms must adopt a more flexible and innovative type of organization to achieve manufacturing excellence.

Journal

International Journal of Operations & Production ManagementEmerald Publishing

Published: Dec 1, 1997

Keywords: Agile production; Flexible manufacturing systems; History; Mass Production; Paradigms

References

  • Design for manufacturability and time‐to‐market ‐ part 1: theoretical foundations
    Youssef, M.A.
  • The management of manufacturing flexibility
    Upton, D.M.
  • Making the leap to agility: defining and achieving agile manufacturing through business process redesign and business network redesign
    Burgess, T.F.

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