Efforts towards adaptability enhancement:how manufacturing and service industries can learn from each other


This paper discusses the recent emerging efforts for adaptability enhancement of Japanese industries to cope with a volatile demand environment. It is based on an analysis of data obtained from respondent companies. The analysis is focused on both manufacturing and manufacturing- related service industries such as construction/maintenance, software supply, manufacturing consultation and logistics industries to highlight their current situation, the sense of crisis in Japanese companies and possible future directions in relation to the two industry sectors. The principal conclusion is that for most companies consideration of a revision or modification to its cost structure is an essential requirement for survival in the global competitive environment.

Divisions: College of Business and Social Sciences > Aston Business School > Operations & Information Management
Event Title: 3rd interantional conference oh the European Operation Management Association
Event Type: Other
Event Dates: 1996-01-01 - 1996-01-01
PURE Output Type: Paper
Published Date: 1997
Authors: Katayama, Hiroshi
Bennett, David (ORCID Profile 0000-0003-1480-8652)



Version: Accepted Version

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