Innovation and change as competitive tools in manufacturing operations

John J. Mason, Kathryn Weed Jablokow

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Abstract

In the past, the technical merit and quality of a product were considered the primary metrics for comparison and competitiveness among manufacturing firms. With the rapid rise in the availability of information and the resulting leveling of the technical "playing field" in many ways, other factors have become important. In particular, the ability of a firm to incorporate planned and appropriate change into its manufacturing operations on a regular basis has become a critical factor in ensuring its success. In this paper, the authors discuss this new view of technical competition from the broad perspective of manufacturing operations. In particular, we will consider both internal and external factors that influence the way in which a firm approaches and creates their own unique change plan. These include the evolutionary cycles of change, types of change, the declining costs of computing, the increasing levels of system connectivity, the availability of information and its role in increasing the firm's intellectual capital, and organizational flexibility.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationFourth International Conference on Control and Automation
Pages78-82
Number of pages5
StatePublished - Dec 1 2003
EventFourth International Conference on Control and Automation - Montreal, Que., Canada
Duration: Jun 10 2003Jun 12 2003

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OtherFourth International Conference on Control and Automation
CountryCanada
CityMontreal, Que.
Period6/10/036/12/03

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Mason, J. J., & Jablokow, K. W. (2003). Innovation and change as competitive tools in manufacturing operations. In Fourth International Conference on Control and Automation (pp. 78-82)
Mason, John J. ; Jablokow, Kathryn Weed. / Innovation and change as competitive tools in manufacturing operations. Fourth International Conference on Control and Automation. 2003. pp. 78-82
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Mason JJ, Jablokow KW. Innovation and change as competitive tools in manufacturing operations. In Fourth International Conference on Control and Automation. 2003. p. 78-82