Industries worldwide are being confronted with a number of changes: markets are making more stringent demands, competition is increasing and, in effect, companies are required to meet demands for efficiency, quality and flexibility simultaneously. At the same time, an ever-growing number of new computer-aided technologies and management techniques are becoming available. Many of these technologies are supposed to provide adopters with the opportunity to respond adequately to present competition and market pressures. However, many companies seem to have difficulties with organizing the adoption and implementation of new technology. This book proposes a model which may help the adopters of new technology to organize this manufacturing innovation process effectively. The model is based on a wide range of theories of innovation and organization. Its practicability was assessed using seven case studies of the adoption and implementation of Flexible Manufacturing Systems.
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|Published - 1991
|The Avebury business school library