Manufacturing companies using high technology have made significant financial investments in the purchase of computer hardware, software and sophisticated shop floor machinery, in addition to staff time and training. This study examines the nature of this investment, and in particular, how performance of the investment is assessed in four leading Australian manufacturing companies. The evaluation undertaken uses and makes an assessment of the methods used in light of recommended practice in the literature. The results are analysed in terms of each individual company's culture, decision making and implementation strategies, and general environment.
- Computer integrated manufacturing
- investment performance