The structure of manufacturing flexibility

Comparison between UK and Malaysian manufacturing firms

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Abstract

This research identified the basic structure of manufacturing flexibility based on literature of previous researches and examined the fitness of this theoretical structure. The identified theoretical structure of manufacturing flexibility consists of four flexibility dimensions: Volume, variety, process and material handling. Data collection from the UK and Malaysian manufacturing firms was conducted to test whether the theoretical structure of manufacturing flexibility was fulfilled. A confirmatory factor analysis was performed and the results showed that the existing structure of manufacturing flexibility fits the theoretical structure. A comparison was made between the UK and Malaysian samples and the results showed that there was no significant difference in the existing structure and they confirmed the theoretical structure. The structure of manufacturing flexibility could be used by both researchers and managers as a framework to clarify the concept of manufacturing flexibility, so that the issue could be better understood and managed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3340-3350
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Applied Sciences
Volume8
Issue number19
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2008

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Manufacturing flexibility
Manufacturing firms
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Managers
Confirmatory factor analysis
Materials handling
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Keywords

  • Confirmatory factor analysis
  • Dimension
  • Malaysia
  • Manufacturing flexibility
  • Measurement
  • Structure
  • UK

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The structure of manufacturing flexibility : Comparison between UK and Malaysian manufacturing firms. / Mohamad Judi, Hairulliza; Beach, R.

In: Journal of Applied Sciences, Vol. 8, No. 19, 2008, p. 3340-3350.

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