Investigative framework for research into the design of manufacturing processes

Forrester, P.L., Hassard, J.S. and Bennett, D.J. (1990). Investigative framework for research into the design of manufacturing processes. IN: Advances in manufacturing technology V. Carrie, Allan and Simpson, Ian (eds) Glasgow (UK): University of Strathclyde.


This paper is based a major research project run by a team from the Innovation, Design and Operations Management Research Unit at the Aston Business School under SERC funding. International Computers Limited (!CL), the UK's largest indigenous manufacturer of mainframe computer products, was the main industrial collaborator in the research. During the period 1985-89 an integrated production system termed the "Modular Assembly Cascade'' was introduced to the Company's mainframe assembly plant at Ashton-under-Lyne near Manchester. Using a methodology primarily based upon 'participative observation', the researchers developed a model for analysing this manufacturing system design called "DRAMA". Following a critique of the existing literature on Manufacturing Strategy, this paper will describe the basic DRAMA model and its development from an industry specific design methodology to DRAMA II, a generic model for studying organizational decision processes in the design and implementation of production systems. From this, the potential contribution of the DRAMA model to the existing knowledge on the process of manufacturing system design will be apparent.

Divisions: Aston Business School > Operations & information management
Event Title: 6th National Conference on Production Research
Event Type: Other
Event Dates: 1990-09-01
Published Date: 1990


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