The objective of the paper is to report research carried out over two years aiming at developing a framework to support the management of manufacturing organizations for whom reducing throughput time is strategically important, either because they compete based on short lead times or because they choose to pursue other objectives such as cost reduction by means of reducing their manufacturing cycle times. A step‐by‐step method is proposed based on the analyses of a number of Brazilian “best practice” cases (all manufacturing companies and all part of large multi‐national corporations) and on the relevant literature.
International Journal of Operations & Production Management – Emerald Publishing
Published: Mar 1, 1998
Keywords: Brazil; Competitiveness; Cycle time; Operations strategy; South America; Time
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