An empirical taxonomy of advanced manufacturing technology

Patrik Jonsson (Växjö University, Växjö, Sweden)

International Journal of Operations & Production Management

ISSN: 0144-3577

Publication date: 1 December 2000


An empirical advanced manufacturing technology (AMT) taxonomy with three groups was identified from cluster analysis. The analysis was based on a survey of Swedish metal‐working industries and 324 relevant responses were received (response rate of 38 percent). The first group, “the traditionalists” is characterised by firms of relatively small size with low levels of investments in AMT. “The hard integrators” emphasise computerised transactions between sub‐units and processes to a larger extent than the investment in administrative, design and manufacturing technologies. “The high investors” group contains relatively large firms that have invested in most technologies and have computerised their transactions significantly more than both the other groups. Companies with heavy investments in AMT had developed the infrastructure (worker empowerment, improvement programmes and organisational design) and maintenance (prevention and integration) aspects to a greater extent than low investors. They also performed better.



Jonsson, P. (2000), "An empirical taxonomy of advanced manufacturing technology", International Journal of Operations & Production Management, Vol. 20 No. 12, pp. 1446-1474.

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