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The barriers to realising sustainable process improvement: A root cause analysis of paradigms for manufacturing systems improvement


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Hicks, B. J. and Matthews, J., 2010. The barriers to realising sustainable process improvement: A root cause analysis of paradigms for manufacturing systems improvement. International Journal of Computer Integrated Manufacturing, 23 (7), pp. 585-602.

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    http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/0951192X.2010.485754

    Abstract

    To become world-class, manufacturing organisations employ an array of tools and methods to realise process improvement. However, many of these fail to meet expectations and/or bring about new less well understood problems. Hence, prior to developing further tools and methods it is first necessary to understand the reasons why such initiatives fail. This paper seeks to elicit the root causes of failed implementations and consider how these may be overcome. The paper begins by reviewing various paradigms for manufacturing systems improvement including design/redesign-, maintenance-, operator-, process-, product- and quality-led initiatives. In addition to examining the knowledge requirements of these approaches, the barriers to realising improvement are examined through consideration and review of literature from the fields of manufacturing, management and information systems. These fields are selected because of the considerable work that deals with process improvement, change management, information systems implementation and production systems. The review reveals the importance of fundamental understanding and highlights the lack of current methods for generating such understanding. To address this issue, the concept of machine-material interaction is introduced and a set of requirements for a supportive methodology to generate the fundamental understanding necessary to realise sustainable process improvement is developed.

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    Item Type Articles
    CreatorsHicks, B. J.and Matthews, J.
    DOI10.1080/0951192X.2010.485754
    Uncontrolled Keywordsknowledge requirements, tools and methods, manufacturing improvement, generating understanding
    DepartmentsFaculty of Engineering & Design > Mechanical Engineering
    Research CentresInnovative Design & Manufacturing Research Centre (IdMRC)
    Publisher StatementMatthews_IJCIM_2010_23_7_585.pdf: This is an electronic version of an article published in icks, B. J. and Matthews, J., 2010. The barriers to realising sustainable process improvement: A root cause analysis of paradigms for manufacturing systems improvement. International Journal of Computer Integrated Manufacturing, 23 (7), pp. 585-602. International Journal of Computer Integrated Manufacturing is available online at http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/0951192X.2010.485754; Matthews_IJCIM_2010_23_7_585.doc: This is an electronic version of an article published in icks, B. J. and Matthews, J., 2010. The barriers to realising sustainable process improvement: A root cause analysis of paradigms for manufacturing systems improvement. International Journal of Computer Integrated Manufacturing, 23 (7), pp. 585-602. International Journal of Computer Integrated Manufacturing is available online at http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/0951192X.2010.485754
    RefereedYes
    StatusPublished
    ID Code20076

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