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Cladistics: a taxonomy for manufacturing organizations

Ian McCarthy (University of Warwick, Coventry, UK)
Keith Ridgway (University of Sheffield, Sheffield, UK)

Integrated Manufacturing Systems

ISSN: 0957-6061

Article publication date: 1 February 2000


Presents an evolutionary management technique (cladistics) which could enable organizations to formally and systematically understand the emergence of new manufacturing forms within their business environment. This fundamental, but important, insight could result in cladograms being used as a tool within a change framework, for achieving successful organizational design and change. Thus, regardless of the industrial sector, managers could use cladograms as an evolutionary analysis technique for determining “where they have been and where they are now”. This evolutionary analysis could be used to formulate coherent and appropriate action for managers who are responsible for organizational design and development.



McCarthy, I. and Ridgway, K. (2000), "Cladistics: a taxonomy for manufacturing organizations", Integrated Manufacturing Systems, Vol. 11 No. 1, pp. 16-29.




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