Agile Manufacturing: Forging New Frontiers (Addison-Wesley Series in Manufacturing Systems)

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What is Agile manufacturing? Can it really enable the West to gain competitive advantage over Japan? This book sets out to define Agile Manufacturing and to dispel some of the mistaken beliefs that surround it.

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Agile Manufacturing represents a quantum leap forward in manufacturing that could enable the West to gain a real competititve advantage over the Japanese. However, the term is often regarded as synonymous with Lean Production, Flexible Manufacturing or CIM. This book sets out to define Agile Manufacturing and to dispel the mistaken beliefs that surrounds it.

The book analyses how our traditions, conventions, values and beliefs, based on outdated ideas and philosophies, block the path to achieving Agile Manufacturing. The book then maps the way forward by showing how a revolutionary approach is needed to designing and implementing manufacturing systems, technologies, and organizations where the emphasis is on levering the skills and knowledge of people in the organization.

This book:

  • Defines Agile Manufacturing around four key concepts
  • Describes systems thinking as the basis of Agile Manufacturing enterprise design
  • Details suitable system design processes for achieving Agile Manufacturing
  • Presents a new management accounting and investment paradigm
  • Discusses skill and knowledge enhancing technologies

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About Paul T. Kidd

Paul T. Kidd is Chief Executive Officer of Manufacturing Knowledge, Inc. He has spent the past ten years working as an international consultant at the leading edge of efforts to define, develop and implement new manufacturing paradigms. He has considerable experience in this field and is an internationally recognized expert in the emerging area of Total Enterprise Design.

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