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A practical approach to achieving agility : a theory of constraints perspective

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posted on 06.12.2017, 00:00 by P Ifandoudas, Ross ChapmanRoss Chapman
This article documents an action research (AR) project aimed at identifying the practical steps needed to become an agile manufacturer through a combination of the theory of constraints (TOC) and resource- based view (RBV) approaches in a small to medium enterprise (SME) in the Australian manufacturing sector. To date, lean production has been highlighted as a possible catalyst for creating an agile manufacturer, despite the evidence suggesting that lean manufacturing lacks the responsiveness and adaptability to effectively handle a rapidly changing market place and only works well in a stable environment. A more flexible system of production is required to fully encompass the agile characteristics needed to attain a competitive advantage. This research provides empirical evidence that the TOC perspective can be used as a practical approach for becoming an agile manufacturer. The study provides a workable approach for small firms to achieve ‘Agility’ in practice.

History

Volume

20

Issue

8

Start Page

691

End Page

702

Number of Pages

12

eISSN

1366-5871

ISSN

0953-7287

Location

United Kingdom

Publisher

Taylor & Francis

Language

en-aus

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

No

External Author Affiliations

Centre for Industry and Innovation Studies; International Graduate School of Business; TBA Research Institute;

Era Eligible

Yes

Journal

Production planning & control.