Manufacturing vision and competitiveness

Roy Maslen*, Ken W. Platts

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Discusses a refinement to the process by which manufacturing strategy is created. Builds on an existing strategy process (Platts, 1990) and adapts it to fit more closely within the dynamic manufacturing vision. The method for creating a manufacturing vision allows a business to do this in a two- to three-week period as part of a 10-12 week manufacturing strategy project. A conceptual model of manufacturing vision has been developed that enables practitioners to explore the factors that influenced the potential competitive contribution of manufacturing and to agree an explicit direction for change. Describes the successful application of the process in six manufacturing organizations and highlights the practical limitations of the approach.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)313-322
Number of pages10
JournalIntegrated Manufacturing Systems
Issue number5-6
Publication statusPublished - 1997
Externally publishedYes


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