Organizing for Manufacturing Innovation: The Case of Flexible Manufacturing Systems

Harry Boer, Koos Krabbendam

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    At the present time, an ever-growing number of new computer-aided
    technologies are becoming available, which 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 implementation of new technology effectively. This is not surprising,
    considering the innovative nature of this process. Although there is a host of
    literature on innovation, organization and (the benefits of) new technology, the
    literature in which these areas are linked together is scarce. Publications
    addressing the manufacturing innovation process are even fewer and provide
    little insight into its true nature. Consequently, little is known about the effective
    organization of such processes. In the present article an organization model
    of manufacturing innovation is described, and its practicability assessed using
    the results of seven case studies of the implementation of flexible manufacturing.
    systems in British, Belgian and Dutch mechanical engineering companies.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)41-56
    Number of pages16
    JournalInternational journal of operations & production management
    Issue number7/8
    Publication statusPublished - 1992


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