Title

Influence of manufacturing improvement programmes on performance

Publication Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

1-1990

Abstract

Today, to improve productivity in manufacturing, one has a large variety of improvement programmes at one′s disposal. Zero defects, value analysis, just‐in‐time, manufacturing lead time reduction are just a few of a long list of potential action programmes. Their real impact is not always clearly described, and manufacturing managers often have to start implementation on a basis of belief. In this article we use the database of the European Manufacturing Futures Survey to explore some of the medium‐term effects of these improvement programmes on manufacturing performance. The conclusions show that there are no simple cause‐effect relationships between single improvement programmes and manufacturing performance. Tenacity in implementation is required since some programmes have negative effects in the short term, but can have positive effects in the long term.

Keywords

Production management, Improvement, Manufacturing, Systems, Organizational performance

Discipline

Operations and Supply Chain Management | Technology and Innovation

Research Areas

Operations Management

Publication

International Journal of Operations and Production Management

Volume

10

Issue

2

First Page

120

Last Page

131

ISSN

0144-3577

Identifier

10.1108/01443579010005939

Publisher

Emerald

Additional URL

https://doi.org/10.1108/01443579010005939

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