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Innovations in Competitive Manufacturing

  • Paul M. Swamidass

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
  3. Competitive Posture

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 15-15
    2. Paul M. Swamidass, Neil R. Darlow
      Pages 17-24
    3. Morgan Swink
      Pages 25-31
  4. Competitive Customer Service

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 33-33
    2. Stanley E. Fawcett, M. Bixby Cooper
      Pages 35-44
  5. Developing Competitive Processes

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 45-45
    2. V. Sridharan, R. Lawrence Laforge
      Pages 59-66
  6. Competing on Quality

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 67-67
    2. R. Nat Natarajan
      Pages 69-81
    3. Elisabeth J. Umble
      Pages 83-92
  7. The Rise of Work Teams

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 93-93
    2. John K. McCreery, Matthew C. Bloom
      Pages 95-106
  8. Competing on Flexibility and Automation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 107-107
    2. Kathryn E. Stecke, Rodney P. Parker
      Pages 109-116
    3. Paul M. Swamidass
      Pages 117-136

About this book


Innovations in Competitive Manufacturing is an examination of manufacturing innovations - both technical and knowledge-based. Over the recent past, technology has created dramatic changes in manufacturing. As a result, the book focuses on the use of technology in gaining competitive advantage in global manufacturing. Forty topics are surveyed in the book, organized into thirteen chapters. Each topic is a carefully written account by one or more leading researchers in that area. This is the first systematic examination of the recent innovations in manufacturing strategy and technology. In addition to providing an understanding of these manufacturing innovations, the book underscores the strategic importance of creating and sustaining the technological resources to ensure a stable manufacturing economic base. The book's purpose is to examine the elements that make today's manufacturers successful.
Many examples from industry throughout the book will enable the reader to appreciate and comprehend the concepts presented in the article. In addition to the technical and innovative information, implementation issues concerning new ideas and manufacturing practices are explored within the topical discussions. Four in-depth descriptions of real-life cases provide illustration of key principles.
The book has been constructed as a reference tool for manufacturing researchers, students, and practitioners. Hence, after reading the introduction `Innovation in Competitive Manufacturing: From JIT to E-Business', any section or topic in the book can be consulted and/or read in any sequence the reader may choose.


Manufacturing Manufacturing Strategy automation design development linear optimization product design

Editors and affiliations

  • Paul M. Swamidass
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.College of BusinessAuburn UniversityUSA
  2. 2.Thomas Walter Center for Technology ManagementAuburn UniversityUSA

About the editors

Dr. Paul M. Swamidass, Professor of Operations Management, is the Associate Director, Thomas Walter Center for Technology Management, Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama. His undergraduate degree is in mechanical engineering from Osmania University, India. He obtained a doctorate in production/operations management from the University of Washington, Seattle, 1983.

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