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Efficient change management for the flexible production of the future

Stilian Stanev (Institute for Information Management in Engineering, University of Karlsruhe, Karlsruhe, Germany)
Hardy Krappe (Institute for Information Management in Engineering, University of Karlsruhe, Karlsruhe, Germany)
Hischam Abul Ola (Intelligent Systems and Production Engineering, FZI Research Center for Information Technologies, Karlsruhe, Germany)
Konstantinos Georgoulias (Laboratory for Manufacturing Systems & Automation, Mechanical Engineering Department, University of Patras, Patras, Greece)
Nikolaos Papakostas (Laboratory for Manufacturing Systems & Automation, Mechanical Engineering Department, University of Patras, Patras, Greece)
George Chryssolouris (Laboratory for Manufacturing Systems & Automation, Mechanical Engineering Department, University of Patras, Patras, Greece)
Jivka Ovtcharova (Institute for Information Management in Engineering, University of Karlsruhe, Karlsruhe, Germany)

Journal of Manufacturing Technology Management

ISSN: 1741-038X

Article publication date: 25 July 2008

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this article is to introduce an innovative methodology to support manufacturing changes in the foundation of flexibility measurements and evaluations and to integrate this in the companies' internal as well as companies' cross‐organisational processes of change management.

Design/methodology/approach

The approach consists of two phases: first, a consistent systematics for the production systems flexibility evaluation is presented; second, the change processes are analysed and quantified flexibility indicators are integrated to support the decision – making process.

Findings

The application of the methodology in manufacturing environments has demonstrated that consideration of flexibility in the production and its integration into the manufacturing change processes has a great potential.

Originality/value

The originality of this work is in the integrated approach to consider flexibility as support for the change management. In particular the integration of quantified flexibility measurements into the change processes comes out to be the real innovation of the project.

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Citation

Stanev, S., Krappe, H., Abul Ola, H., Georgoulias, K., Papakostas, N., Chryssolouris, G. and Ovtcharova, J. (2008), "Efficient change management for the flexible production of the future", Journal of Manufacturing Technology Management, Vol. 19 No. 6, pp. 712-726. https://doi.org/10.1108/17410380810888102

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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