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Innovations in competitive manufacturing
Swamidass, Paul M.
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New York : Amacom , [2002]

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xiii, 439 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
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Innovations in Competitive Manufacturing is an examination of manufacturing innovations - both technical and knowledge-based. Over the recent past, technology has created dramatic changes in manufacturing. As a result, the book focuses on the use of technology in gaining competitive advantage in global manufacturing. Forty topics are surveyed in the book, organized into thirteen chapters. Each topic is a carefully written account by one or more leading researchers in that area. This is the first systematic examination of the recent innovations in manufacturing strategy and technology. In addition to providing an understanding of these manufacturing innovations, the book underscores the strategic importance of creating and sustaining the technological resources to ensure a stable manufacturing economic base. The book's purpose is to examine the elements that make today's manufacturers successful. Many examples from industry throughout the book will enable the reader to appreciate and comprehend the concepts presented in the article. In addition to the technical and innovative information, implementation issues concerning new ideas and manufacturing practices are explored within the topical discussions. Four in-depth descriptions of real-life cases provide illustration of key principles. The book has been constructed as a reference tool for manufacturing researchers, students, and practitioners. Hence, after reading the introduction `Innovation in Competitive Manufacturing: From JIT to E-Business', any section or topic in the book can be consulted and/or read in any sequence the reader may choose.

Author Notes

Paul M. Swamidass is Professor of Operations Management at Auburn University, where he is also Associate Director of the Thomas Walter Center for Technology Management. He lives in Auburn, AL

Table of Contents

Alphabetical List of Authorsp. ix
Prefacep. xi
I. Introductionp. 1
1. Innovations in Competitive Manufacturing: From JIT to E-Businessp. 3
II. Competitive Posturep. 15
2. Manufacturing Strategyp. 17
3. Core Manufacturing Competenciesp. 25
III. Competitive Customer Servicep. 33
4. Customer Service, Satisfaction, and Successp. 35
IV. Developing Competitive Processesp. 45
5. Business Process Reengineering and Manufacturingp. 47
6. The Evolution of Enterprise Resource Planningp. 59
V. Competing on Qualityp. 67
7. Total Quality Managementp. 69
8. The Implications of Deming's Approachp. 83
VI. The Rise of Work Teamsp. 93
9. Teams: Design and Implementationp. 95
VII. Competing on Flexibility and Automationp. 107
10. Flexible Automationp. 109
11. Manufacturing Flexibilityp. 117
12. Manufacturing Technology use in the U.S. and Benefitsp. 137
13. Agile Manufacturingp. 145
14. Virtual Manufacturingp. 155
VIII. Lean Manufacturingp. 165
15. Just-in-Time Manufacturingp. 167
16. Lean Manufacturing Implementationp. 177
17. Total Productive Maintenance (TPM)p. 187
18. Transition to Cell Manufacturing: The Case of Duriron Company Inc., Cookeville Valve Division (1988-1993)p. 199
19. Predictive Maintenance: The Case of Della Steam Plantp. 215
IX. Product Design and Development Redefinedp. 229
20. Product Design for Global Marketsp. 231
21. Concurrent Engineeringp. 245
22. Product Development and Concurrent Engineeringp. 263
23. Mass Customizationp. 275
24. Mass Customization and Manufacturingp. 283
25. Integrated Product Development: The Case of Westinghouse Electronic Systemsp. 297
X. The Revolution in the Supply Chainp. 323
26. Supplier Partnerships as Strategyp. 325
27. Supply Chain Management: Competing Through Integrationp. 333
28. Developing a Supply Partner: The Case of Black & Decker and TEMIC Telefunken (1992-1994)p. 343
XI. Competing Globallyp. 359
29. International Manufacturingp. 361
XII. Opportunities in Tackling Environmental Problemsp. 371
30. Environmental Issues and Competitive Manufacturingp. 373
XIII. The Revolution in Costing and Performance Measurementp. 383
31. Activity-Based Costingp. 385
32. Target Costingp. 399
33. Balanced Scorecardsp. 407
34. Performance Excellence: The Malcolm Baldridge National Quality Award Criteriap. 413
Company-Indexp. 427
Indexp. 431