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Closing the competitive gaps: the international report of the manufacturing futures project

Author: Miller, Jeffrey G. ; Amano, Akio ; De Meyer, Arnoud ; Ferdows, Kasra ; Nakane, Jinichiro ; Roth, AledaINSEAD Area: Technology and Operations Management In: Managing international manufacturing - Ferdows, Kasra - 1989 - INSEAD Book Language: EnglishDescription: p. 153-168.Type of document: INSEAD ChapterNote: Please ask us for this itemAbstract: Industrial companies around the world have made significant changes in their manufacturing strategies over the last decade. American and European firms have fought hard to improve their manufacturing capabilities in order to hold or regain a viable position in their markets. Their basic strategy has entailed a sweeping move back to the basics, with a special focus on quality improvement and organisational restructuring. In contrast, the Japanese, long noted for their success at improving quality, have recently emphasised flexibility and price. This report of the International Manufacturing Futures project probes in to a deeper understanding of the implications of these strategies. Using data from the 1987 Manufacturing Futures Survey, administered to over 500 business units in the U.S., Europe and Japan, the gaps between current levels of manufacturing performance and those necessary to compete in the future are identified. The forces, which create the need for closure in these gaps for each part of the world, are then identified and discussed. In conclusion, an analysis is made of the key programmes these firms envisage to prepare themselves to compete in the future, and the organisational environments in which these programmes will be implemented.
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Industrial companies around the world have made significant changes in their manufacturing strategies over the last decade. American and European firms have fought hard to improve their manufacturing capabilities in order to hold or regain a viable position in their markets. Their basic strategy has entailed a sweeping move back to the basics, with a special focus on quality improvement and organisational restructuring. In contrast, the Japanese, long noted for their success at improving quality, have recently emphasised flexibility and price. This report of the International Manufacturing Futures project probes in to a deeper understanding of the implications of these strategies. Using data from the 1987 Manufacturing Futures Survey, administered to over 500 business units in the U.S., Europe and Japan, the gaps between current levels of manufacturing performance and those necessary to compete in the future are identified. The forces, which create the need for closure in these gaps for each part of the world, are then identified and discussed. In conclusion, an analysis is made of the key programmes these firms envisage to prepare themselves to compete in the future, and the organisational environments in which these programmes will be implemented.

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