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The Flexibilities of Push and Pull

Nigel Slack (University of Warwick, UK)
Henrique Correa (Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil)

International Journal of Operations & Production Management

ISSN: 0144-3577

Publication date: 1 April 1992


Examines two differing manufacturing operations and characterizes their manufacturing planning and control (MPC) systems. The primary concern of this categorization analysis is to examine the similarities and differences between the flexibilities inherent in each operation′s MPC system. One company has a system which is primarily a push‐based system, the other largely a pull‐based system. Examines different categories of flexibility in terms of both range flexibility (how far the system can cope with the change) and response flexibility (how fast the system can cope with change). The major conclusion is that pull‐based systems have flexibility characteristics which are characterized by relatively clearly thought‐out discontinuities in their range response curves.



Slack, N. and Correa, H. (1992), "The Flexibilities of Push and Pull", International Journal of Operations & Production Management, Vol. 12 No. 4, pp. 82-92.




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