AMT investments in New Zealand: purpose, pattern and outcomes

Amrik S. Sohal (Professor and Associate Dean (Graduate Studies), Faculty of Business and Economics, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia)

Integrated Manufacturing Systems

ISSN: 0957-6061

Publication date: 1 April 1996


Discusses the purpose, pattern and outcomes of investments in advanced manufacturing technologies (AMTs) in New Zealand firms. Based on data collected from 57 firms, explores the motivation for investing in AMTs, the nature and size of investments, speed of implementation and outcomes including benefits and difficulties experienced. Concludes that although New Zealand firms have made positive investments in a range of sophisticated AMTs, they appear to focus on operational benefits with little, if any, attention to marketing and strategic benefits. Concludes with a brief comparison of results from a parallel study conducted in Australia.



Sohal, A. (1996), "AMT investments in New Zealand: purpose, pattern and outcomes", Integrated Manufacturing Systems, Vol. 7 No. 2, pp. 27-36.

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