Increasing flexibility: what are your options?

Szwejczewski, Marek; Cousens, Alan
March 2007
Management Services;Spring2007, Vol. 51 Issue 1, p17
Academic Journal
The article discusses the significance of flexible production for manufacturing companies. Flexibility is a strategic objective that can bring competitive advantage. Flexible operations are responsive and are able to react when customers make unexpected demands. Successfully flexible operations are able to change their production to meet their customers' needs without incurring penalties in time, effort, cost or performance. The use of overtime is one of the most common methods used to increase manufacturing flexibility. However, there are a number of different ways that managers can increase the flexibility of their facilities. These range from using temporary labor through to subcontracting some of the work to external supplier.


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