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Delivery reliability, manufacturing capabilities and new models of manufacturing efficiency

Sarmiento, Roberto, Byrne, Mike, Contreras, Luis Rene and Rich, Nicholas Leo 2007. Delivery reliability, manufacturing capabilities and new models of manufacturing efficiency. Journal of Manufacturing Technology Management 18 (4) , pp. 367-386. 10.1108/17410380710743761

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Abstract

Purpose – To provide a selective bibliography on reported empirical evidence regarding the compatibility/trade-offs relationships between delivery reliability and other manufacturing capabilities, and also identify specific areas for future research. Design/methodology/approach – The paper conceptually examines published studies which have reported a trade-off/compatibility situation between delivery reliability and other manufacturing capabilities such as internal quality, external quality, manufacturing costs, inventory costs, etc. Some different aspects of delivery reliability are also discussed. Findings – Principally, the paper identifies a need to study in more detail the different variables (manufacturing capabilities, contextual variables and manufacturing practices) that could be potentially associated with the achievement of high manufacturing efficiency (high levels of outputs/low levels of inputs) in terms of delivery reliability, materials inventory and safety resources. Research limitations/implications – The literature review in the paper is intended to be exhaustive. Nevertheless, it is probable that scientific papers that report related/relevant material are involuntarily omitted. Practical implications – By means of a detailed review of the literature, the paper identifies specific themes for future research. The paper also should be of help to practitioners as it gathers the empirical evidence regarding the compatibility/trade-off situation between delivery reliability and other areas of manufacturing. Originality/value – Some papers have dealt with literature reviews on manufacturing strategy as a whole. Nevertheless, to the best of our knowledge, this is the first paper that offers a literature review on delivery reliability. This paper also suggests a novel model of manufacturing efficiency and also proposes a methodology (data envelopment analysis) with which this approach can be examined in more detail.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Business (Including Economics)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
H Social Sciences > HE Transportation and Communications
Uncontrolled Keywords: Delivery; Operations management; Process efficiency; Plant efficiency
Publisher: Emerald Group
ISSN: 1741-038X
Last Modified: 12 Oct 2017 03:49
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/39282

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