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Encyclopedia of Production and Manufacturing Management

pp 154-155

DECOUPLING INVENTORIES

Abstract

In the last two decades, production and manufacturing management has rapidly adopted a range of new concepts: manufacturing strategy, focused factory, just-in-time manufacturing, concurrent engineering, total quality management, supply chain management, flexible manufacturing systems, lean production, mass customization, and more. The increasing globalization of manufacturing ensures that the field will continue to expand. The Encyclopedia of Production and Manufacturing Management will be useful to a technically diverse audience of managers, engineers and process consultants concerned with manufacturing techniques, methods, and manufacturing decisions. With 100 in-depth articles, and more than 1,000 shorter entries, and a continual flow of revisions and new material, the Encyclopedia will help experts, educators and students keep up with the leading edge of innovation.