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Introduction

  • Patri K. Venuvinod
  • Weiyin Ma
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Abstract

Global experiences over the last two hundred years point to three broad trends. Firstly, almost every large and developed economy in the world has achieved material progress through three sequential but overlapping movements: consolidation and modernization of agriculture, growth of domestic manufacturing followed by its gradual integration into global manufacturing, and growth of the service sector. Secondly, there has been relentless and ever-increasing penetration of technology into every aspect of industry. Thirdly, owing to the emergence of affluent societies, the world market is becoming more and more customer-oriented (Venuvinod 2000).

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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 2004

Authors and Affiliations

  • Patri K. Venuvinod
    • 1
  • Weiyin Ma
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Manufacturing Engineering and Engineering ManagementCity University of Hong KongHong Kong

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