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Agility assessment in manufacturing companies

Masoud Rahiminezhad Galankashi (Department of Materials, Manufacturing and Industrial Engineering, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Skudai, Malaysia) (Department of Industrial Engineering, Tarbiat Modares University, Tehran, Iran)
Syed Ahmad Helmi (Department of Materials, Manufacturing and Industrial Engineering, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Skudai, Malaysia) (Center for Engineering Education, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Skudai, Malaysia)
Abd. Rahman Abdul Rahim (Department of Engineering, UTM Razak School of Engineering and Advanced Technology, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)
Farimah Mokhatab Rafiei (Department of Industrial Engineering, Tarbiat Modares University, Tehran, Iran)

Benchmarking: An International Journal

ISSN: 1463-5771

Article publication date: 19 June 2019

Issue publication date: 13 September 2019

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to propose a framework to assess the agility of manufacturing companies.

Design/methodology/approach

Particularly, three supply chain logistic drivers (facility, transportation and inventory) along with three cross-functional drivers (information, sourcing and pricing) are selected as the main sets to classify all required activities of agility. In addition, supply chain contracts, as an important indicator of supply chain agility, is also considered to categorize the activities. These activities are ranked using an (AHP) and then categorized based on the major perspectives of agility. Finally, using a cycle view of supply chain, the developed activities are categorized as the major policies of supply chain’s echelons.

Findings

This study developed a framework to evaluate the agility of manufacturing companies. Operational activities of agile supply chain strategy (ASCS) in addition to supply chain contracts are determined and categorized with regard to supply chain drivers.

Originality/value

This study contributes to recognizing, ranking and classifying the operational activities of ASCS with regard to logistics and cross-functional drivers of supply chain. In addition, this study considers the supply chain contracts in conjunction with supply chain drivers. From the theoretic and methodological features, to the best of authors’ knowledge, this study contributes to offer new insights to this area as no similar research has been conducted before.

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Acknowledgements

The authors would like to thank the anonymous reviewers for their critical review and constructive comments which significantly improved the presentation, communication and quality of the study, and also Professor Dr Angappa Gunasekaran for his editorial efforts.

Citation

Rahiminezhad Galankashi, M., Helmi, S.A., Abdul Rahim, A.R. and Rafiei, F.M. (2019), "Agility assessment in manufacturing companies", Benchmarking: An International Journal, Vol. 26 No. 7, pp. 2081-2104. https://doi.org/10.1108/BIJ-10-2018-0328

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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