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Manufacturing Renaissance

Harvard Business Review Book Series

Format: Hardback
Publisher: Harvard Business Review Press, United States
Published: 1st Mar 1995
Dimensions: w 165mm h 248mm d 33mm
Weight: 760g
ISBN-10: 0875846106
ISBN-13: 9780875846101
Barcode No: 9780875846101
Synopsis
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 increasingproductivity 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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