Flexibility in Manufacturing: A Survey

International Journal of Flexible Manufacturing Systems, Vol. 2, pp. 289-328, 1990

40 Pages Posted: 3 Jan 2008 Last revised: 22 Mar 2014

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Andrea Sethi

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Suresh Sethi

University of Texas at Dallas - Naveen Jindal School of Management

Abstract

This article is an attempt to survey the vast literature on flexibility in manufacturing that has accumulated over the last 10 to 20 years. The survey begins with a brief review of the classical literature on flexibility in economics and organization theory, which provides a background for manufacturing flexibility. Several kinds of flexibilities in manufacturing are then defined carefully along with their purposes, the means to obtain them, and some suggested measurements and valuations. Then we examine the interrelationships among the several flexibilities. Various empirical studies and analytical/optimization models dealing with these flexibilities are reported and discussed. The article concludes with suggestions for some possible future research directions.

Keywords: Flexibility, Manufacturing flexibility, Operations management, Operations strategy

JEL Classification: M11, M00

Suggested Citation

Sethi, Andrea and Sethi, Suresh, Flexibility in Manufacturing: A Survey. International Journal of Flexible Manufacturing Systems, Vol. 2, pp. 289-328, 1990, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1080305

Andrea Sethi

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Suresh Sethi (Contact Author)

University of Texas at Dallas - Naveen Jindal School of Management ( email )

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Richardson, TX 75080-3021
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