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

Ifandoudas, Panayiotis and Chapman, Ross 2009, A practical approach to achieving agility : a theory of constraints perspective, Production planning and control, vol. 20, no. 8, pp. 691-702.

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Title A practical approach to achieving agility : a theory of constraints perspective
Author(s) Ifandoudas, Panayiotis
Chapman, Ross
Journal name Production planning and control
Volume number 20
Issue number 8
Start page 691
End page 702
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Place of publication London, England
Publication date 2009
ISSN 0953-7287
Keyword(s) agile
TOC
manufacturing
SME
action research
Summary 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.
Language eng
Field of Research 159999 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970115 Expanding Knowledge in Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2009, Taylor & Francis
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