A system to support the enhancement of strategic flexibility in manufacturing enterprises

Price, D.H.R. and Beach, R. and Muhlemann, Alan P. and Sharp, John A. and Paterson, Andrew H. (1998) A system to support the enhancement of strategic flexibility in manufacturing enterprises. In: 7th MINI EURO Conference on Decision Support Systems, Groupware, Multimedia and Electronic Commerce, Mar 24-27, 1997, Brugge, Belgium. (The full text of this publication is not available from this repository)

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Abstract

Manufacturing companies are finding it necessary to change their corporate strategy with increasing frequency, as a result of more rapid changes either in the demands made by customers or in the company's view of business. However, it is only possible to respond to these pressures for change if the information systems of the organisation are capable of helping the companies meet these new requirements. The aim of the work described here is to develop a decision support system (DSS) that will help companies to enhance their strategic flexibility, that is to increase the ability of their systems to support a broader range of corporate strategies. The development of this system is discussed. Particular attention is paid to describing the structure of the DSS and the manner in which the extensive fieldwork carried out with UK manufacturing businesses has provided information about the appropriate factors and parameters to be included in the system. Possible further development of the DSS is briefly considered.

Item Type: Conference or workshop item (Paper)
Uncontrolled keywords: manufacturing; strategy; flexibility; decision support system
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HA Statistics > HA33 Management Science
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > Kent Business School
Depositing User: M.A. Ziai
Date Deposited: 05 Apr 2009 17:13
Last Modified: 16 Jul 2014 10:38
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/17512 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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