Firm Size and Computer Integrated Enterprise Concept: CIM/CIE Related Strategic Issues for Small Businesses

  • Raja K. Iyer
  • Donald L. Liles


The concept of computer-integrated manufacturing (CIM) has led to an unprecedented revolution in manufacturing in recent years, perhaps even comparable to the earlier industrial revolution. The CIM concept has fostered a growing and still-emerging focus on both upstream and downstream aspects of manufacturing. Upstream CIM applications include design engineering, CAD/CAM, robotics, and flexible manufacturing systems (Bernard and Guttropf, 1988; Fogarty and Hoffman, 1983;Plossl and Wight, 1967; Taraman, 1980). Downstream manufacturing considerations utilizing CIM include MRP II, KANBAN, JIT, and shop floor scheduling and control (Bernard, 1987;Kivenko, 1981; Kusiak, 1986; Lubben, 1988; Milacic, 1988; Ranky, 1983; Rolstadas, 1988). Increasingly, the CIM concept is not only being viewed as a means to solve problems which inhibit excellence in manufacturing, but also as a foundation upon which to build a computer-integrated enterprise (CIE) which can provide both intra-organizational and inter-organizational integration of information and production systems (Gaylord, 1987; Gessner, 1984; Hunt, 1989; Hamilton, 1989; Savage, 1985; Sheridan, 1989).


Firm Size Small Firm Management Information System Flexible Manufacturing System Management Information System 
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  • Raja K. Iyer
  • Donald L. Liles

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