An integrated process for forming manufacturing technology acquisition decisions

Baines, Timothy (2004). An integrated process for forming manufacturing technology acquisition decisions. International Journal of Operations and Production Management, 24 (5), pp. 447-467.


The right manufacturing technology at the right time can enable an organisation to produce products that are cheaper, better, and made faster than those of the competition. Paradoxically, the wrong technology, or even the right technology poorly implemented, can be disastrous. The decision process through which practitioners acquire manufacturing technologies can significantly impact on their eventual capabilities and performance. This complete process has unfortunately received limited attention in previous studies. Therefore, the work presented in this paper has investigated leading research and industrial practices to create a formal and rational decision process, and then evaluated this through an extended and in-depth case study of a manufacturing technology acquisition. An analysis of previous literature, industrial practices, and the resulting decision process are all presented in this paper.

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Uncontrolled Keywords: decision making,manufacturing industries,working practices,technology led strategy
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Published Date: 2004
Authors: Baines, Timothy



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