Improvement initiative paths in operations

Improvement initiative paths in operations Considers the improvement initiatives which companies implement in operations, in the areas of design, supply and production (for example, design computerization, linkages with suppliers, JIT, quality improvement, flexible automation, etc.). By means of a survey examines the question of the existence of different paths followed by companies to innovate their operations and obtain better performance levels. Identifies four different paths, which have been labelled pioneers, innovators, followers and discriminators on the basis of the number of initiatives undertaken, an earlier or later start‐up, the sequence of their start‐ups and the level of penetration reached within the plant. Examines the four paths in relation to the characteristics of the business environments in which the companies examined operate and their performance levels. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Integrated Manufacturing Systems Emerald Publishing

Improvement initiative paths in operations

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © 1996 MCB UP Ltd. All rights reserved.
ISSN
0957-6061
DOI
10.1108/09576069610111927
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Abstract

Considers the improvement initiatives which companies implement in operations, in the areas of design, supply and production (for example, design computerization, linkages with suppliers, JIT, quality improvement, flexible automation, etc.). By means of a survey examines the question of the existence of different paths followed by companies to innovate their operations and obtain better performance levels. Identifies four different paths, which have been labelled pioneers, innovators, followers and discriminators on the basis of the number of initiatives undertaken, an earlier or later start‐up, the sequence of their start‐ups and the level of penetration reached within the plant. Examines the four paths in relation to the characteristics of the business environments in which the companies examined operate and their performance levels.

Journal

Integrated Manufacturing SystemsEmerald Publishing

Published: Apr 1, 1996

Keywords: Flexible assembly systems; Human resource management; Just‐in‐time; Kaizen; Performance; TQM

References

  • Time Based Competition
    Blackburn, J.D.
  • Organizations and Environments
    Lawrence, P.; Lorsch, J.
  • Empirical research methods in operations management
    Flynn, B.B.; Sakakibara, S.; Schroeder, R.G.; Bates, K.A.; Flynn, E.J.

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