Systems Concepts Relevant to the Problem of Integrated Production Systems

  • P. B. Checkland
Part of the NATO Conference Series book series (NATOCS, volume 14)


The title of this paper is carefully worded, and is important. Its concern is not with the many individual problems of integrated production systems (IPS); to state it in that way would imply taking the concept of IPS as a given, and then concentrating on such matters as purchasing, efficient scheduling, inventory and queueing problems, computer control of production processes etc. Rather, this paper is concerned with the problem of the concept IPS itself, and how it may be used. Its core argument is that if we are concerned to increase the efficiency of production systems (of which manufacturing systems are a subset), then the concept IPS is relevant to that end; and that explicit use of systems ideas aids thinking about this problem area and leads to the adoption of a particular approach, both conceptually and in real-world action to improve production systems.


Production System Emergent Property System Concept System Thinking Enterprise Model 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1983

Authors and Affiliations

  • P. B. Checkland
    • 1
  1. 1.University of LancasterUK

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