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The Influence of manufacturing improvement programmes on performance

Author: De Meyer, Arnoud ; Ferdows, KasraINSEAD Area: Technology and Operations ManagementIn: International Journal of Operations and Production Management, vol. 10, no. 2, 1990 Language: EnglishDescription: p.120-131.Type of document: INSEAD ArticleNote: Please ask the Library for this articleAbstract: Descriptions of manufacturing improvement programmes are abundant in production management literature, large sample studies of the relation between these improvement programmes and the performnance of a manufacturing company are rare. Basing this study on the European manufacturing futures database, the authors conclude that there are no simple cause-effect relationships between programmes and performance, but that success seems to stem from a combination of complementary programmes. Attention is drawn to the fact that for some programmes tenacity in implementation is needed, and that positive results may become effective only after a fairly long transition period
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Descriptions of manufacturing improvement programmes are abundant in production management literature, large sample studies of the relation between these improvement programmes and the performnance of a manufacturing company are rare. Basing this study on the European manufacturing futures database, the authors conclude that there are no simple cause-effect relationships between programmes and performance, but that success seems to stem from a combination of complementary programmes. Attention is drawn to the fact that for some programmes tenacity in implementation is needed, and that positive results may become effective only after a fairly long transition period

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