Learning to Change: Opportunities to Improve the Performance of Smaller Manufacturers
National Research Council, Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences, Board on Manufacturing and Engineering Design, Commission on Engineering and Technical Systems, Committee to Assess the Barriers and Opportunities to Improve Manufacturing at Small and Medium-Sized Companies
National Academies Press, Feb 1, 1993 - Technology & Engineering - 152 pages
Manufacturing firms--large and small--face massive change and adjustment as they move from a stable, fault-tolerant environment of long production runs to a volatile world in which production runs are short; product characteristics are changing constantly; and defect-free, on-time production at decreasing prices is a condition for survival. The necessary changes in the production organization include everything from the layout of the shop floor to the distribution of authority between managers and workers. The magnitude of these changes threatens to overwhelm the managerial capacities of firms, regardless of their size.