Agility in manufacturing systems: an exploratory modeling framework and simulation

Ranga Ramasesh (Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, Texas, USA)
Shailesh Kulkarni (University of North Texas, Denton, Texas, USA)
Maliyakal Jayakumar (University of North Texas, Denton, Texas, USA)

Integrated Manufacturing Systems

ISSN: 0957-6061

Publication date: 1 December 2001


It has been widely recognized that agility enables manufacturing systems to respond to dynamic and unpredictable changes in today’s competitive environment. Develops a quantitative analysis framework and a simulation methodology to explore the value of agility in financial terms. Addresses the issues pertaining to the assessment of how an agile system performs in an environment of unanticipated changes, the comparison between two or more systems with different designs and hence different agility levels and the justification of investments in agility. Proposes an exploratory framework for a structured analysis of the various segments of the manufacturing system in which agility at different levels is built‐in through different pathways and links it to a set of aggregate performance measures. Then develops a simulation model that captures dynamic and unanticipated changes in the operating environment and facilitates performance appraisal and investment justification decisions using a quantitative financial metric.



Ramasesh, R., Kulkarni, S. and Jayakumar, M. (2001), "Agility in manufacturing systems: an exploratory modeling framework and simulation", Integrated Manufacturing Systems, Vol. 12 No. 7, pp. 534-548.

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