Organisation, People and Technology: Towards Continuing Improvement in Manufacturing

  • P. T. Kidd
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To compete in the world markets of the 1990’s it will not be sufficient simply to seek cost efficiency as manufacturing companies have done in the past. Success in the customer driven global markets will depend upon achieving, without tradeoff, three potentially conflicting goals: cost efficiency, quality and flexibility. But this is only part of the story. Improved competitiveness, once achieved, has to be retained. This will be achieved by companies transforming themselves into learning organisations seeking continuing improvement in every aspect of their activities (Hayes, Wheelwright and Clark 1988).


Cost Efficiency Part Family Improve Product Quality Throughput Time Conflicting Goal 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • P. T. Kidd
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  1. 1.Cheshire Henbury Research & ConsultancyMacclesfieldUK

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