Journal article

The effectiveness of flexible manufacturing strategies

Therese A Joiner, X Sarah Yang Spencer, Suzanne Salmon

International Journal of Productivity and Performance Management | Emerald | Published : 2009

Abstract

PurposeAgainst a background of a customization imperative embraced by manufacturing firms in industrialised nations and the concomitant call for more balanced performance measurement systems (PMS), this study seeks to examine the mediating role of both non‐financial and financial performance measures in the relationship between a firm's strategic orientation of flexible manufacturing and organisational performance.Design/methodology/approachA path‐analytical model is adopted using questionnaire data from 84 Australian manufacturing firms.FindingsThe results indicate that, first, firms emphasising a flexible manufacturing strategy utilise non‐financial as well as financial performance measure..

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