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Critical factors for achieving manufacturing flexibility

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In this empirical study of 382 US computer and electronics companies, the relationship between manufacturing flexibility and its five infrastructural scales was examined. These infrastructural scales include workforce autonomy, communication, inter-departmental relationships, supplier flexibility and technology. The results suggested that all infrastructural scales, except workforce autonomy, have a direct and positive effect on a firm's manufacturing flexibility. Discussion and managerial implications of the results were also presented in this paper.
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Keywords: Empirical Study; Flexibility; Infrastructure; Manufacturing; Regression Analysis

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: March 1, 1999

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