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Publication date: 18 August 2022

Jingjing Shi, Fang Huang, Fang Jia, Zhilin Yang and Mingjie Rui

Existing empirical studies emphasize the role of customer preference measurement accuracy (CPMA) on customized product quality while neglecting the role of manufacturing…

Abstract

Purpose

Existing empirical studies emphasize the role of customer preference measurement accuracy (CPMA) on customized product quality while neglecting the role of manufacturing flexibility. However, the rise of web-based technology has highlighted consumer-manufacturer interaction in mass customization (MC). This paper explores the relationships between CPMA, manufacturing flexibility, customer participation and customized product quality, inspired by module decomposition and integration theory.

Design/methodology/approach

The study carried out a questionnaire survey of 241 directors who are specifically responsible for MC in the apparel industry in China and tested hypotheses with structural equation modeling (SEM).

Findings

CPMA has a direct positive influence on customized product quality and an indirect positive effect through manufacturing flexibility. Also, customer participation after placing an order (CPAPO) has a negative moderating effect on the linkage between CPMA and manufacturing flexibility.

Research limitations/implications

A more dynamic relationship between CPMA and MF can be explored in the future, and the findings can be tested in other industries with more abundant data.

Practical implications

Manufacturing flexibility should be improved along with CPMA in MC. Also, disruptions caused by customer participation in the post-design stage should be noticed. In this context, better consumer service in the early design stage may be one possible solution.

Originality/value

First, the essential but unexplored mediating role of manufacturing flexibility is identified, adding knowledge to the consumer–manufacturer interaction literature in MC production. Second, module decomposition and integration are applied to unify consumers and manufacturers into one empirical model, enriched theoretical research on modular theory. Third, this study opens new discussions on the moderating role of customer participation.

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Asia Pacific Journal of Marketing and Logistics, vol. 35 no. 6
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1355-5855

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Article
Publication date: 30 October 2009

Jie Yang and Mingjie Rui

The purpose of this paper is to investigate the relationship between knowledge acquisition, dissemination, and innovation and new product creativity and to identify different…

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to investigate the relationship between knowledge acquisition, dissemination, and innovation and new product creativity and to identify different hidden patterns in which knowledge acquisition, dissemination, and innovation affect new product creativity.

Design/methodology/approach

The paper employs additivity and variance stabilization analysis.

Findings

The new product creativity is significantly related to knowledge management.

Practical implications

The paper implies that if organizations fail to understand the subtle ways by which different dimensions of knowledge acquisition, dissemination, and innovation influence new product creativity, they may fail to harvest the full value of knowledge management in creativity improvement.

Originality/value

It is one of the first to assess the link between knowledge management and new product creativity.

Details

Industrial Management & Data Systems, vol. 109 no. 9
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0263-5577

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Article
Publication date: 28 October 2014

Tianbo Li, Ershi Qi and Yimin Huang

The purpose of this paper is to attempt to establish a grey clustering evaluation model of center-point triangular whitenization weight function to measure the performance of…

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Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to attempt to establish a grey clustering evaluation model of center-point triangular whitenization weight function to measure the performance of enterprise's management innovation (MI). The author intends to provide some theory basis and tool support for enterprise's managers and other researchers who are engaged in performance measuring.

Design/methodology/approach

The study uses questionnaire survey and expert interviews to determine the index weight of enterprise's MI performance (MIP), classifies the grey clusters based on center-point triangular whitenization weight function, calculates the membership of performance criteria and ranks the performance level of all dimensions.

Findings

The survey data of case company shows that production performance is in superior level, employee and society influence performance are in satisfied level, finance and market performance are in intermediate level, total MIP is in satisfied level.

Practical implications

MI is the fundamental way to keep enterprise's core competitiveness and achieve its strategic objectives. Performance is an effective tool to measure the MI. Therefore, based on the practices of MI in China, the study systematically clarifies the performance level of MI from five dimensions.

Originality/value

The evaluation index of enterprise's MIP is built with five dimensions which contain production, market, finance, employee and social influence. The grey clustering evaluation model based on triangular whitenization weight function is applied to assess the performance criteria. This paper presents a new research idea for enterprise's performance evaluation.

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Grey Systems: Theory and Application, vol. 4 no. 3
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 2043-9377

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Article
Publication date: 9 March 2010

Mingjie Li and Jinfang Niu

This paper aims to provide a theoretical guide for preserving ancient books in China.

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Abstract

Purpose

This paper aims to provide a theoretical guide for preserving ancient books in China.

Design/methodology/approach

The paper reviews the history of the damage and preservation of ancient books in China, and analyzes the value attributes of ancient books: archaeological value, historical value and artistic value.

Findings

The paper proposes a preservation framework for Chinese ancient books. This framework is composed of three layers. The foundation layer is to preserve the physical entity of ancient books so that the archaeological values are preserved. The middle layer is to preserve the intellectual content of ancient books so that the values for historical research are preserved. The top layer is mainly about preserving the productions process of the artistic format of ancient books, so that not only the static artistic formats are preserved, the techniques and procedures to produce the artistic format are preserved as well.

Originality/value

The paper presents a framework that connects the value attributes of ancient books and the strategies to preserve those values, systematizes them and presents them as a whole. The framework can be used to justify government policies and help identify pitfalls in the preservation strategies for ancient books.

Details

Journal of Documentation, vol. 66 no. 2
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0022-0418

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