Agility - The Key to Profitable Manufacturing

Joachim Althaler, Roland Schmidt, Clemens Honeder

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Abstract

Reacting quickly to rapidly changing market needs is, unsurprisingly, a basic requirement for profitable manufacturing. Why turn what is common sense into a science? Agility is the new buzzword. But is it merely „old wine in new bottles“ like so many things in the field of logistics or is it an interesting or even the decisive approach towards ensuring profitable production? Agility in its final perception is an organizations’s ability to swiftly and specifically utilize all available forces in order to fulfill an order, that is to meet requirements with agility. Agility and the excessive focus on detail and planning are oxymorons which are frequently found in both individuals and scientific literature. Agility is the manifestation of good leadership and is pretty much the opposite of planning optimization, high detailing and comprehensive forecasts which is why it is so difficult to describe within the classic mainstream of logistics research. What really makes production agile and how simply this approach can be implemented is shown by looking at an example taken from the field of drive engineering.
Translated title of the contributionAgility - The Key to Profitable Manufacturing
Original languageGerman
Pages (from-to)34-37
JournalIndustrie Management
Volume2
Issue number28
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2012

Keywords

  • Agilität
  • profitable Fertigung
  • Unsicherheitsvermeidung
  • Führung

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