The strategic implications of flexibility in manufacturing systems

Rakesh Narain (MNR Engineering College, Allahabad, India)
R.C. Yadav (MNR Engineering College, Allahabad, India)
Joseph Sarkis (Clark University, Worcester, Massachusetts, USA)
James J. Cordeiro (SUNY, Brockport, New York, USA)

International Journal of Agile Management Systems

ISSN: 1465-4652

Publication date: 1 December 2000


Flexibility in manufacturing has aroused considerable interest among researchers and professionals. However, the vast body of literature on flexibility does not adequately address the kind of flexibility a company needs to meet its strategic objectives, nor how this flexibility can be achieved. An overview is provided of different types of flexibility, a classification scheme based on the strategic positioning and goals of the firm is provided, and suggestions are made on how these goals may be achieved. The importance of such a classification in the design and investment justification of flexible manufacturing is also discussed.



Narain, R., Yadav, R., Sarkis, J. and Cordeiro, J. (2000), "The strategic implications of flexibility in manufacturing systems", International Journal of Agile Management Systems, Vol. 2 No. 3, pp. 202-213.

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