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LINKING PROCESS CHOICE WITH PLANT‐LEVEL DECISIONS ABOUT CAPITAL AND HUMAN RESOURCES

LINKING PROCESS CHOICE WITH PLANT‐LEVEL DECISIONS ABOUT CAPITAL AND HUMAN RESOURCES We examine how process choice links with design decisions about capital and human resources. Our analysis confirms empirically most expected differences between process‐ and product‐focused plants for these decisions. What is unexpected is how top‐performing plants resemble other plants within the same process choice category in most respects, while distinguishing themselves on a few selected process attributes. For example, better performing process‐focused plants not only achieve higher machine flexibility levels and lower overhead costs as expected, but also have more intensive preventive maintenance programs. Similarly, product‐focused plants that achieve certain hallmarks of process‐focused plants also enjoy superior performance. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Production and Operations Management Wiley

LINKING PROCESS CHOICE WITH PLANT‐LEVEL DECISIONS ABOUT CAPITAL AND HUMAN RESOURCES

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Publisher
Wiley
Copyright
© 1999 Production and Operations Management Society
ISSN
1059-1478
eISSN
1937-5956
DOI
10.1111/j.1937-5956.1999.tb00314.x
Publisher site
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Abstract

We examine how process choice links with design decisions about capital and human resources. Our analysis confirms empirically most expected differences between process‐ and product‐focused plants for these decisions. What is unexpected is how top‐performing plants resemble other plants within the same process choice category in most respects, while distinguishing themselves on a few selected process attributes. For example, better performing process‐focused plants not only achieve higher machine flexibility levels and lower overhead costs as expected, but also have more intensive preventive maintenance programs. Similarly, product‐focused plants that achieve certain hallmarks of process‐focused plants also enjoy superior performance.

Journal

Production and Operations ManagementWiley

Published: Dec 1, 1999

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