David Bennett

David Bennett
Chalmers University of Technology · Department of Technology Management and Economics

PhD

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January 2012 - present
Chalmers University of Technology
Position
  • Professor
August 1994 - December 2017
University of South Australia
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  • Professor (Associate)
May 1974 - present
Aston University
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  • Professor Emeritus
Education
August 1972 - August 1978
University of Birmingham
Field of study
  • Quality and Reliability
September 1969 - September 1970
University of Birmingham
Field of study
  • Engineering Production
September 1968 - August 1969
Borough Polytechnic
Field of study
  • Production Technology

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This paper studies the role of ambiguity and managerial ability in firm growth options from the perspective of behavioural theory. We argue that managerial ability increases both the identification and exploitation of growth options opportunities, but ambiguity reduces strategic growth options value as a result of information incompleteness and non...
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The traditional view of production systems relies on the organization of physical and information flows enabling customer satisfaction with products or services, following inputs from strategy, policies, rules, and principles, supported by tools, systems, and methods, and improved through performance management systems. Moving forward to new levels...
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This paper introduces the concept of product essentiality within sustainable operations management studies. It investigates the influence of location, gender, and family income on the perception of essentiality of ordinary goods and services. A total of 81 items, were classified according to a binary position of 'essential' or 'superfluous' by busi...
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Nunes B., A. Emrouznejad, D. Bennett, L. Pretorius (2018) Towards Sustainable Technologies and Innovation, Proceedings of the 27th Annual Conference of the International Association for Management of Technology, Aston University, ISBN 978 1 85449 453 5. http://www.aston.ac.uk/aston-business-school/iamot2018/proceedings/
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Negotiations between buyers and sellers (or suppliers) of goods and services have become increasingly important due to the growing trend towards international purchasing, outsourcing and global supply networks together with the high uncertainty associated with them. This paper examines the effect of ambiguity aversion on price negotiations using mu...
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The automotive industry was one of the earliest to internationalise, with overseas production by US companies already happening in the early 1900s. However, the arrangement for overseas automotive production at that time was quite different from the idea of international production networks in the contemporary sense. There were few linkages between...
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This paper investigates how medium-size engineering service companies working traditionally in national markets have engaged with challenges of globalisation and competition from multinationals. The Nordic region has many smaller domestic engineering services companies in the industry, which are under pressure in their established national and wide...
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The principal aim of this paper is to examine the criteria assisting in the selection of biomass for energy generation in Brazil. To reach the aim, this paper adopts case study and survey research methods to collect information from four biomass energy case companies and solicits opinions from experts. The data gathered are analysed in line with a...
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This paper reports an investigation of local sustainable production in Australia and Sweden aimed at exploring the factors contributing to survival and competitiveness of manufacturing companies. In Australia, six companies were studied in 2010, with comparisons being made with three of them from earlier projects. In Sweden, eight manufacturing com...
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This paper investigates the strategic environmental decisions of a luxury car manufacturer. Through case study research, the investigation sheds light on why and how the company is adopting green technologies. Being pressured by different stakeholders to become greener, luxury car manufacturers carry significant opportunities for environmental impr...
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As the world’s natural resources dwindle and critical levels of environmental pollution are approached, sustainability becomes a key issue for governments, organisations and individuals. With the consequences of such an issue in mind, this paper introduces a unifying approach to measure the sustainability performance of socio-economic systems based...
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The automotive industry is mostly known for its large concentration on a few global players. However the industry also encompasses a series of small and medium-sized enterprises, either as suppliers or as value adders, focused on smaller submarkets. This paper focuses on the specific situation in the automotive industry of a medium-sized manufactur...
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http://www.mundopm.com.br/Busca.jsp#edicao?63 The purpose of this article is to evaluate and compare two contrasting projects in the automotive industry where company acquisition is used as a means of leveraging advantage in product and process technologies. The acquisitions considered are of Tritec Motors Ltda in Brazil by Fiat Powertrain Technol...
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The purpose of this article is to evaluate and compare two contrasting projects in the automotive industry where company acquisition is used as a means of leveraging advantage in product and process technologies. The acquisitions considered are of Tritec Motors Ltda in Brazil by Fiat Powertrain Technologies (FPT) and Volvo Car Corporation by the Ch...
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This article defines balancing loss in production lines together with the related activity of line balancing that aims to minimise idle time by allocating activities more evenly across the workstations in the line.
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This article describes how dividing a large repetitive task into smaller parts and allocating each to a single person can make tasks simpler, easier to learn, and enables them to be more quickly carried out. But there are also drawbacks including monotony of work, possible physical injury from task repetition, low flexibility and poor robustness.
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This article describes a technique for which the main objectives are to minimize the idle time when work is allocated along a line and spread it as evenly as possible across the workstations. Line balancing comprises two aspects, that is, determination of the required number of stations and the assignment of tasks to each station with the objective...
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This article is about how products with the same or similar design characteristics can be grouped into families, which results in shorter overall setting times when they are produced on the same machine or group of facilities. This can result in improved efficiency since the time spent resetting a production facility results in a significant loss o...
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This article describes a type of work organization that is an alternative to individual working based on division of labour and specialization. Working in groups, it is argued, overcomes the frustration and boredom brought on by the monotony associated with repetitive, differentiated work. A particular for of group working, which is team-based, emp...
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This article describes how an international location decision is taken at the highest level by organizations involved in international operations. Such organizations can be subsidiaries of multinational enterprises, international joint ventures, licensees, or franchising. It is also relevant to consider the configuration of a company's network at a...
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This article describes one of the three basic options for laying out facilities to produce goods or deliver services. In a process layout similar production processes are grouped together in the same department or area. Advantages include specialized supervision and flexibility because the priority of batches can be changed. Disadvantages of proces...
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This article describes product layout and how it relates to the other facility layout options for producing goods or delivering services. It examines the different types of product layout and some of the problems associated with them, together with some of the approaches to solving them.
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This article describes a technique for identifying families of components and associated groups of processes to which they can be allocated in production. The result provides a way of producing the components more efficiently in cells with fewer process set-ups and shorter distances moved.
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This article is about the way in which the people in the production or operation system can be organized and directed toward meeting its output objectives. It examines product, process and task-oriented types of work organization as well alternative forms that that recognize the importance of how workers interact with technology.
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This article defines a cell layout as being a group of dissimilar machines or processes arranged according to the design of the product being made or the operations required for its production. The operation sequence and flow direction can be varied and the workers in a cell are usually multiskilled and can operate more than one machine or process.
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Job design is a general term given to the aspect of operations system design that relates to the way in which jobs are structured and workers motivated.
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This article defines job enrichment as being where jobs are extended vertically rather than horizontally, meaning that more satisfying jobs are created by adding work of a different level instead of merely increasing the amount of work carried out. Tasks of greater complexity can be undertaken or further responsibilitiescan be assigned such as prod...
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This article is about how jobs are rotated so that a greater variety of work is carried out as a way of reducing the monotony associated with performing repetitive tasks continuously. This can lead to greater job satisfaction and, as a result, higher performance and better quality of output.
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System loss occurs with product layouts where operators are “paced”, or required to keep working at the speed of the line, so they cannot complete all their work within the cycle time or have idle time on a cycle. The line then needs to be stopped for work to be completed, or products remain unfinished at the end of the line and need to be complete...
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Technology intermediaries are seen as potent vehicles for addressing perennial problems in transferring technology from university to industry in developed and developing countries. This paper examines what constitutes effective user-end intermediation in a low technology, developing economy context, which is an under-researched topic. The social l...
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This paper reports on an empirical case study based in a UK manufacturing company which was striving for more effective employee engagement. Social Network Analysis (SNA) was used to investigate the situation through a consultative approach involving the workforce in a structured debate about employee engagement and its possible effects upon the or...
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Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to demonstrate analytically how entrepreneurial action as learning relating to diversifying into technical clothing – i.e. a high-value manufacturing sector – can take place. This is particularly relevant to recent discussion and debate in academic and policy-making circles concerning the survival of the cloth...
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Global sourcing of engineering is becoming a more common way to increase a company’s competitiveness and includes the nearshoring and offshoring strategies of relocating engineering services and activities across national borders.. The driving force of why nearshoring and offshoring can often lead to competitive advantage is the combination of cost...
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Collaborative development between the user and the equipment supplier of production technology has an increasingly important effect in terms of generating innovative, sustainable, and unique production process ideas that can be easily ramped-up to high volume production. However, joint development of production technology is challenging and has rec...
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This paper discusses how system dynamics and computer modelling contribute to the debate of management of technologies in response to sustainability crises. The basic components and properties of socio-ecological systems were modelled in order to understand possible responses to resource scarcity or exceeding levels of pollutions in a given system....
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This paper investigates the environmental sustainability and competitiveness perceptions of small farmers in a region in northern Brazil. The main data collection instruments included a survey questionnaire and an analysis of the region's strategic plan. In total, ninety-nine goat and sheep breeding farmers were surveyed. Data analysis methods incl...
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Purpose – This Editorial Viewpoint explores what changes are taking place in manufacturing technology management with the aim of identifying future challenges that should be represented in the scope of JMTM . Design/methodology/approach – The viewpoints use an analysis of relevant articles in JMTM , published since 2007, which have focused on futu...
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The existing literature has given little consideration to social values of information technology in general or of wireless technology in particular. The purpose of this paper is thus to shed new light on this issue. Based on an interpretive case study, we examine two healthcare organisations and discover that social values are often manifested bey...
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This paper considers two case studies of acquisition of Western manufacturing businesses by Chinese firms. It concludes that the underlying technology transfers are significantly different from contractual forms of technology transfers with an exploitation focus. The limited knowledge that was gained through prior technology transfers agreements le...
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The car is dead, long live the car! We are about to celebrate 100 years of Ford model T, the most iconic symbol of the popularisation of cars as the means of personal mobility. The automotive industry is going through an incredible journey of redefining its purpose and the traditional characteristics of its products. More than ever, car manufacture...
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Tutorial on how to publish in a refereed journal. Talk given by Professor David Bennett at IAMOT´s International Conference, Porto Alegre-Brazil, April 2013. Available thanks to a joint activity of Journal of Technology Management and Innovation (JOTMI) and the International Association for Management of Technology (IAMOT). All copyrights reserved...
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Impressions about the quality and reliability of products can depend as much on perceptions concerning brand and country of origin (quality cues) as on the evidence of hard data regarding performance and failure (quality attributes). Although the distinction between quality cues and quality attributes is a traditional area of research in marketing,...
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This paper addresses an important gap in sustainability and technology management studies: the strategies for sustainable operations. Based on analysis of cases from automotive, textile, chemical, and food processing industries, the authors discuss the responses companies take to environmental and social pressures when aiming at increasing profitab...
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In 2012 we learned about the sad loss of Professor Wang Xing Ming, formerly of Renmin (People’s) University of China in Beijing. Professor Wang was a member of the Editorial Board of Journal of Manufacturing Technology Management from 1991 until 2007. She was also a JMTM author and Guest Editor of the special issue on “Computer integrated manufactu...
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This paper explores the practical developments in manufacturing technology management over the last 22 years and links these to some of the subject trends of previous articles in the Journal of Manufacturing Technology Management. Themes and relevant articles have been identified from the Emerald advanced search facility and linked with development...
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This study investigates the strategies adopted by Australian manufacturing firms to sustain their local production and competitiveness, including during the period of the recent global financial crisis. Six Australian manufacturing organisations in different sectors were selected and analysed using the marketbased and resource-based views, and comp...
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The primary aim of this paper is to demonstrate how technology transfer between universities and rural industries in developing countries can be achieved effectively, using independent research and advisory centres as intermediaries. It draws on a longitudinal action research study, which experiments with the process of nurturing and bridging commu...
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Technological capabilities in Chinese manufacturing have been transformed in the last three decades. However, the extent to which and how domestic market oriented state owned enterprises (SOEs) have developed their capabilities remain important questions. The East Asian latecomer model has been adapted to study six Chinese SOEs in the automotive, s...
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However, the extent to which domestic market oriented state owned enterprises (SOEs) have developed their capabilities is not clear. Six SOEs in the automotive, steel and machine tools sectors in Beijing and Tianjin have been studied since the mid-1990s to assess the capability levels attained and the role of external sources and internal efforts i...
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An organisation’s ability to internalise external knowledge and learn from various sources in undertaking new product development and/or entering a new market is crucial to its competitive performance. Nevertheless, little attention has been paid to how growth-oriented small firms identify and exploit entrepreneurial opportunities, i.e. take entrep...
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This paper proposes a more profound discussion of the philosophical underpins of sustainability than currently exists in the MOT literature and considers their influence on the construction of the theories on green operations and technology management. Ultimately, it also debates the link between theory and practice on this subject area. The paper...
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This paper contributes to the debate on the role of real options theory in business strategy and organizational decision‐making. It analyses and critiques the decision‐making and performance implications of real options within the management theories of the (multinational) firm, reviews and categorizes the organizational, strategic and operational...
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What is the future of manufacturing? This is a regularly debated question and four years ago Journal of Manufacturing Technology Management devoted a special issue to the subject (Volume 18, Issue 8), which explored a number of topics including international manufacturing strategy, human resource aspects and China’s comparative advantage. However,...
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This paper reports an investigation of local sustainable production in Sweden aimed at exploring the factors contributing to survival and competitiveness of manufacturing. Eight companies were studied on two occasions 30 years apart; in 1980 and 2010. To provide a valid longitudinal, perspective a common format for data collection was used. As a fr...
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This paper investigates the main strategies automotive companies adopt to address the issue of dealing with end-of-life vehicles and spare parts. Furthermore, it investigates the reasons behind take-back strategies, i.e how and why automotive companies undertake initiatives in reverse logistics. The research findings indicate that companies are try...
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This paper uses systems thinking to analyse environmental decisions and their interactions in the automotive industry. The motivation comes from the findings of an environmental decision making investigation undertaken from 2006 to 2010. Using data from 10 case companies, five principles of systems thinking theory were identified in a visual patter...
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There have been more predictions about the death of manufacturing than I care to remember. In fact, it brings to mind the quotation of Mark Twain, when learning of his own obituary in the New York Journal, that “the reports of my death are greatly exaggerated”. As a reaction to these predictions, we might well ask; how can manufacturing be dying wh...
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A search of Australia and New Zealand Academy of Management proceedings shows the very strong influence that manufacturing management has had on the subject of management as a whole. Papers that have little or no reference to manufacturing in their subject matter still draw on the manufacturing literature for their theoretical and empirical support...
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Supply Chain Risk Management (SCRM) has become a popular area of research and study. This coupled with the realisation by companies that SCRM strategies are required to mitigate the risks that they face, makes for challenging research questions. The strategy is not only to identify the types of risks that they face, but also to assess the managemen...
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This paper explores the role academic related/third sector research centres can play as intermediaries in the appropriation and adaptation of new technologies. Focus is on the intermediation process that facilitates user innovation and the linkage between user innovation and supply side activities. The paper extends previous work that maps out diff...
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This paper addresses the theme of real options decision-making in multinational corporations (MNCs) and stresses the role of real options attention and managerial learning in company performance. Using a sample of 278 large MNCs with categorised degrees of managerial real options awareness, we examine the risk implications of switching options in m...
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Ambitious infrastructure projects are not just a show of prestige. They are an indication of China’s determination to remain the world’s most powerful manufacturing country. Manufacturing is not just the activity of producing goods in factories. It embraces the whole value chain that includes design and bringing goods to market, with logistics beco...
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The 21st century brought new concerns and pressures to the way companies innovate. If in the past innovation was predominantly driven by the intention of exceeding customers’ expectation or to create simpler and less costly processes; today many organisations are required to respond to environmental and social demands. With regard to the environmen...
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Is the subject of lean operations simply one that has become popular among academic researchers? Is it something that currently is of real importance to industry? Is there a trend emerging that is linked to some other factor?
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After the world financial crisis how has manufacturing industry has been affected by the economic fortunes of different countries? What is the role of manufacturing in bringing about economic recovery and are national economies that are heavily dependent on service industries at greater risk than those with a more balanced mix of sectors?
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The world's three major car manufacturers (Toyota, GM and Volkswagen) are pursuing various environmental initiatives involving green operations practices. These include green buildings, eco-design, green supply chains, green manufacturing, reverse logistics and innovation. However, there might be a gap between what companies say they do in their en...
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Despite growing attention, social values, compared to economic aspects, of information technology (IT) capture substantially less attention in the mainstream IT literature. In the context of mobile technology, social values might be as critical to help justify technology investment as the predominant economics perspective in the existing IT literat...
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Advances in product and process technology are quickly seized on by companies as a means of achieving greater competitiveness, which in turn has caused an escalation in investments both in manufacturing and service industries. This phenomenon is not just restricted to the industrialized countries. Developing and transition economies also feel oblig...
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The existing body of knowledge has generally supported that organizational culture plays a significant role in shaping group identity, work pattern, communication schemes, and interpersonal relations; all of these cultural elements are important organizational factors that shape workplaces and operational routines. In the context of emerging inform...
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Cost efficiency has been a dominant perspective in the traditional IT literature. However, in complex technology and business environment, the widely recognized cost efficient assumption of information technology has been increasingly challenged. Drawing from a case study of wireless network implementation situated in a politically sensitive workpl...
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This paper’s primary aim is to demonstrate how university-industry technology transfer can be achieved effectively by nurturing and bridging communities of practice amongst recipients of technology and stakeholders concerned with technology diffusion, productivity and economic development. Its empirical evidence is from an intervention initiative t...
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In repetitive operations the productivity dilemma has been widely studied, but there is a lack of research in non-repetitive operations, such as in project-based firms. This paper investigates why project-based firms foster or hinder project flexibility through an embedded multi-case study with six projects within a large German project-based firm....
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Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to focus on investigating and benchmarking green operations initiatives in the automotive industry documented in the environmental reports of selected companies. The investigation roadmaps the main environmental initiatives taken by the world's three major car manufacturers and benchmarks them against each oth...
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Supply Chain Risk Management (SCRM) has become a popular area of research and study in recent years. The aim of this paper is to explore the managerial perspectives of an aerospace manufacturer with regard to supply chain disruption risk. These include a discussion and analysis of ways of improving risk management in the supply chain, through socia...
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Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to help managers to successfully plan, implement, and operate enterprise resource planning (ERP) projects using a risk management framework. Design/methodology/approach – This paper adopted a combined literature review and case study method. Using literature review, the paper first identified major issues of m...
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This paper provides an understanding of the current environmental decision structures within companies in the manufacturing sector. Through case study research, we explored the complexity, robustness and decision making processes companies were using in order to cope with ever increasing environmental pressures and choice of environmental technolog...
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This paper investigates and implicates how organisations renovate their service operations and improve business productivity in the context of wireless networks and mobile technologies. Drawing from two case studies conducted in healthcare institutions situated in southwest USA, the findings suggested that wireless networks and relevant technologie...
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This note presents a contingent-claims approach to strategic capacity planning. We develop models for capacity choice and expansion decisions in a single firm environment where investment is irreversible and demand is uncertain. These models illustrate specifically the relevance of path-dependent options analysis to planning capacity investments wh...
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The purpose of this chapter is to provide organisations with a better understanding of how they can manage rapidly developing information and communication technology, and particularly wireless networks that have evolved into several technological standards in recent years. Case analyses of two large organisations, called here Metro University and...
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It is tempting to suggest that the changing geographical spread of authors writing articles in Manufacturing Technology Management represents the international shift in where manufacturing is undertaken. However, arguably it can represent a shift of universities and research institutes away from the more traditional industrialised countries of the...
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Two countries that felt the economic downturn earliest were Germany and Japan, both of which are important manufacturing nations. This was because these countries relied heavily on exporting their manufactured goods, so they quickly fell victim to the recession as many of their international markets collapsed due to lack of available credit and a f...
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Academic researchers have followed closely the interest of companies in establishing industrial networks by studying aspects such as social interaction and contractual relationships. But what patterns underlie the emergence of industrial networks and what support should research provide for practitioners? First, it appears that manufacturing is bec...
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Third-party logistics service providers (3PLs) play a vital role in contemporary supply chain management. Evaluation and selection of the right 3PLs depends on a wide range of quantitative and qualitative criteria rather than cost-based factors. Although various multi-criteria decision making approaches have been proposed, they have not considered...
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This paper analyzes a case study of wireless network implementation in a politically sensitive environment and seeks to gain practical insights for IT managers in today’s networked economy. The case evolved around an urgent decision to implement wireless networks that were a radical replacement for the existing wired network infrastructure. Althoug...
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Culture defines collective behavior and interactions among people in groups. In organizations, it shapes group identity, work pattern, communication schemes, and interpersonal relations. Any change in organizational culture will lead to changes in these elements of organizational factors, and vice versa. From a managerial standpoint, how to cultiva...
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Purpose – Developing countries are heavily dependent on the resources and commitment of foreign providers to ensure successful adoption of advanced manufacturing technology (AMT). The purpose of this paper is to describe the important role of buyer-supplier relationships (BSRs) in the process of technology selection, acquisition and implementation....
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This paper aims at investigating the environmental and competitiveness perceptions and behaviours within small rural producers from Central Cabugi Region of Rio Grande do Norte state, which is the largest producer of goat milk in Brazil. The methodology involved firstly a literature review of the topics of sustainable livestock and its interface wi...