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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.
Historical Origins and Definition
Agility, like other integrated management frameworks, is a system of practices surrounded by a specific cultural or philosophical orientation. Historically, the origin of agile manufacturing is a reaction to the intensification of mass production. In job or batch production systems, resources are naturally very adaptable as all orders have a degree of uniqueness to them. In order to succeed in large-scale production, the strategy has always been to seek economies of scale effects by using dedicated equipment.
[Page 287]The downside of dedicated equipment is that it becomes obsolete and useless as soon as the demand changes. Whereas lean manufacturing focuses ...