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This text provides informative, short introductions to the core concepts of Operations Management. This text contains more than 50 concept entries and is fully cross-referenced.An outstanding reference for Operations Management students at all levels. 

Decision Structure and Contexts

Layout decisions are the direct implementation of the process strategy adopted by a firm (see Process). Each type of generic process strategy in the product-process matrix or the service-process matrix is associated with a generic layout.

In the case of manufacturing firms:

  • Projects rely on project layouts, i.e. the workers go to the site of construction or assembly.
  • Job shops and batch production systems use process layouts, i.e. layouts where machines and processes are grouped by family (for example, all the drilling machines are clustered together).
  • Mass production systems and continuous systems use flowline types of layout, e.g. assembly lines, where machines and processes are grouped according the sequence of operations required to ...
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