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Achieving mass customization capability: the roles of flexible manufacturing competence and workforce management practices

Inayat Ullah (Department of Mechanical Engineering, G H Raisoni College of Engineering, Nagpur, India)
Rakesh Narain (Department of Mechanical Engineering, Motilal Nehru National Institute of Technology, Allahabad, India)

Journal of Advances in Management Research

ISSN: 0972-7981

Article publication date: 4 September 2020

Issue publication date: 27 April 2021

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this study is to investigate the effects of flexible manufacturing competence (FMC) and workforce management practices (WMP) in facilitating the development of mass customization capability (MCC). More specifically, this research analyzes not only the direct effects of FMC and WMP on MCC but also the moderating effect of WMP on the relationship between FMC and MCC.

Design/methodology/approach

Building on the resource-based view, a research framework depicting the linkages among the variables of interest has been proposed. The examination of the proposed research model and hypotheses are conducted by applying partial least squares-structural equation modelling (PLS-SEM) on a dataset of Indian manufacturing organizations.

Findings

The findings suggest that both FMC and WMP significantly and positively affect the development of MCC. Also, the results show that the relationship between FMC and MCC is strengthened by the implementation of WMP.

Practical implications

The study identifies several crucial practices for enhancement of flexible manufacturing competence and effective management of the workforce and also highlights the complementarities among them to develop superior MCC.

Originality/value

While the research on the antecedent of MCC has increased substantially, the understanding of the interactions among FMC, WMP, and MCC is still limited. This is the first study that sheds light on the interconnectedness among the variables of interest.

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Citation

Ullah, I. and Narain, R. (2021), "Achieving mass customization capability: the roles of flexible manufacturing competence and workforce management practices", Journal of Advances in Management Research, Vol. 18 No. 2, pp. 273-296. https://doi.org/10.1108/JAMR-05-2020-0067

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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