Information systems as a key facilitator of manufacturing flexibility: a documented application

Beach, R. and Muhlemann, Alan P. and Price, D.H.R. and Paterson, Andrew H. and Sharp, John A. (1998) Information systems as a key facilitator of manufacturing flexibility: a documented application. Production Planning & Control, 9 (1). pp. 96-105. ISSN 0953-7287. (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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The desire to exploit new process technology and the need to reduce costs and throughput times, to accelerate new product introductions, and to insure against market uncertainties have contributed to the increased importance manufacturing enterprises attach to manufacturing flexibility. The Manufacturing Management Information System (MMIS) is a central component in the manufacturing enterprise's quest to achieve these key objectives yet its role is frequently neglected when formulating strategy. This paper explores the operational mismatch which often arises between the preferred mode of operation of the MMIS and that dictated by the enterprise's developing and changing strategic and hence operational requirements. Illustrated by a case study, the implications of the changes to the business environment currently being experienced by manufacturing industry on the future development and role of the MMIS are considered.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: manufacturing flexibility; information systems; planning models; case study
Subjects: T Technology > TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
Q Science > Operations Research - Theory
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > Kent Business School
Depositing User: I. Ghose
Date Deposited: 05 Apr 2009 19:14
Last Modified: 16 Jul 2014 10:38
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