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The manufacturing strategy process: incorporating a learning perspective

John Mills (Manufacturing and Management Group, University of Cambridge, UK)
Andy Neely (Manufacturing and Management Group, University of Cambridge, UK)
Ken Platts (Manufacturing and Management Group, University of Cambridge, UK)
Huw Richards (Manufacturing and Management Group, University of Cambridge, UK)
Mike Gregory (Manufacturing and Management Group, University of Cambridge, UK)

Integrated Manufacturing Systems

ISSN: 0957-6061

Article publication date: 1 June 1998

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Abstract

This paper describes a longitudinal picture of manufacturing strategy called a strategy chart. It begins with a summary of the research methodology used to develop and test the picture in live situations. Next, the chart and its role within an overall manufacturing strategy process are described. Case examples are then used to illustrate practical outcomes of a longitudinal viewpoint in two areas; first, to increase the awareness of a firm′s strategy making process and, second, to make strategies more explicit than previous methods. The method produces a rich picture that appears useful for reviewing the coherence between manufacturing and business strategy; showing strategy as concrete actions as well as objectives and plans; for providing insight into the firm′s realised strategy and its strategy process; and as a strategy communication tool which may make strategies more credible.

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Mills, J., Neely, A., Platts, K., Richards, H. and Gregory, M. (1998), "The manufacturing strategy process: incorporating a learning perspective", Integrated Manufacturing Systems, Vol. 9 No. 3, pp. 148-155. https://doi.org/10.1108/09576069810210330

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