The need to develop manufacturing strategies which are consistent with and supportive of overall business strategies is now widely accepted. A manufacturing audit approach which has been found useful in the process of manufacturing strategy formulation is described. Within manufacturing strategy, the need for a manufacturing audit is identified and the current approaches to audit are reviewed. These existing approaches do not provide an adequate audit process for use in strategy formulation. A structured audit approach based on established frameworks is developed and preliminary results of its use are presented. The approach has been successfully used in several companies; however, there is need for further work in looking at the social aspects of the process.
Platts, K.W. and Gregory, M.J. (1990), "Manufacturing Audit in the Process of Strategy Formulation", International Journal of Operations & Production Management, Vol. 10 No. 9, pp. 5-26. https://doi.org/10.1108/EUM0000000001264
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