Manufacturing Renaissance

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The past decade has witnessed a rebirth in the competitive landscape of manufacturing. From a global environment of rapidly changing consumer tastes and technologies, a group of aggressive and highly competent industrial competitors has emerged. No longer can companies build a manufacturing advantage around standard designs and mass production or products that contain an "acceptable percentage" of defects. Managers everywhere now share a strategic imperative to pursue "world-class" productivity, quality, and ...
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Overview

The past decade has witnessed a rebirth in the competitive landscape of manufacturing. From a global environment of rapidly changing consumer tastes and technologies, a group of aggressive and highly competent industrial competitors has emerged. No longer can companies build a manufacturing advantage around standard designs and mass production or products that contain an "acceptable percentage" of defects. Managers everywhere now share a strategic imperative to pursue "world-class" productivity, quality, and flexibility in manufacturing. Organizations cannot compete in the global marketplace without manufacturing capabilities that match or exceed those of the best in the world. In Manufacturing Renaissance, the editors have gathered 20 articles from the Harvard Business Review on manufacturing strategy and practice - all published as intense global industrial competition has forced a reexamination of many long-held beliefs about manufacturing and its role in the modern enterprise. The contributions included in this volume - beginning historically with Wickham Skinner's classic "The Focused Factory" - have profoundly influenced the theory and practice of manufacturing and will continue to guide the future transformation of manufacturing management. Manufacturing Renaissance offers lessons for developing strategic manufacturing capabilities drawn from the experiences of leading-edge companies and covers a wide range of critical issues. Peter Drucker both describes and predicts the shift of manufacturing from an isolated collection of work stations to a system integrated with the rest of the organization's functions. Robert Hayes and Kim Clark illuminate key managerial tools for increasing productivity that are based on reducing manufacturing complexity and confusion, as well as on a commitment to organization-wide learning. Joseph Juran provides a firsthand description of the Japanese post-war quality movement, analyzes the response of American manufacturers, and
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A collection of 20 articles from the past decade from the Harvard Business Review on manufacturing strategy and practice, examining beliefs about manufacturing and its role in modern enterprise. Articles discuss visions in manufacturing, improving competitiveness through investments in technology and procedures, and creating the new manufacturing organization. A central theme is the depth of operational and organizational change necessary to improve manufacturing capabilities and competitive performance. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780875846101
  • Publisher: Harvard Business Review Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/1995
  • Series: Review Book Series
  • Pages: 346
  • Product dimensions: 6.41 (w) x 9.53 (h) x 1.31 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
Competing through Manufacturing 3
The Productivity Paradox 25
The Service Factory 35
The Emerging Theory of Manufacturing 47
Making Mass Customization Work 61
The Focused Factory 81
Postindustrial Manufacturing 97
Manufacturing Offshore Is Bad Business 115
Why Some Factories Are More Productive Than Others 133
Quality on the Line 151
Robust Quality 173
Made in U.S.A.: A Renaissance in Quality 189
Getting Control of Just-in-Time 203
Making Supply Meet Demand in an Uncertain World 221
Manufacturing's Crisis: New Technologies, Obsolete Organizations 243
The Hidden Factory 259
Yesterday's Accounting Undermines Production 275
The Human Costs of Manufacturing Reform 287
Strategic Planning - Forward in Reverse? 299
Beyond World-Class: The New Manufacturing Strategy 315
About the Contributors 333
Index 339
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