An agenda for research on the flexibility of manufacturing processes

Donald Gerwin (University of Wisconsin‐Milwaukee, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA)

International Journal of Operations & Production Management

ISSN: 0144-3577

Publication date: 1 December 2005

Abstract

Purpose

This paper, originally published in 1987, seeks to outline an agenda for conducting rigorous research into the flexibility of manufacturing processes.

Design/methodology/approach

An initial domain for defining flexibility is established, specific measures are suggested, and sampling issues are discussed. There is also a discussion of relevant research problems that can be addressed once valid and reliable operationalisations exist.

Findings

Its underlying premise is that current efforts are being impeded by the absence of operational measures for the concept.

Originality/value

A useful historical perspective on manufacturing processes.

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Citation

Gerwin, D. (2005), "An agenda for research on the flexibility of manufacturing processes", International Journal of Operations & Production Management, Vol. 25 No. 12, pp. 1171-1182. https://doi.org/10.1108/01443570510633576

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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