RFID in Manufacturing: The Investment Decision

Pacific Asia International Conference on Information Systems, Hyderabad, India, July 10-12, 2009

14 Pages Posted: 18 Dec 2009

See all articles by Lenka Ivantysynova

Lenka Ivantysynova

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Michael Klafft

Independent

Holger Ziekow

Humboldt University of Berlin

Oliver Günther

Universität Potsdam

Seckin Kara

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Date Written: July 10, 2009

Abstract

RFID technology promises to improve a broad range of processes in logistics and manufacturing. However, market acceptance of RFID develops slower than anticipated. One likely reason is the difficulty to evaluate the resulting effects beforehand. A lot of research has already been conducted on how to assess costs and benefits of RFID investments. But until now the focus has mainly been on logistics applications. The manufacturing domain still lacks dedicated models for the costs and benefits of an RFID rollout, especially concerning the intangible, non-quantifiable aspects of such an investment. In this paper we suggest some guidelines assessing both the quantifiable and the nonquantifiable aspects of RFID in manufacturing. We present a structured model that guides decision makers along crucial trade-offs in this particular domain. Our work is based on case studies conducted at production plants in different industries.

Keywords: RFID, manufacturing, IT investment, intangible benefits, risk assessment

JEL Classification: M10, M11, L60

Suggested Citation

Ivantysynova, Lenka and Klafft, Michael and Ziekow, Holger and Günther, Oliver and Kara, Seckin, RFID in Manufacturing: The Investment Decision (July 10, 2009). Pacific Asia International Conference on Information Systems, Hyderabad, India, July 10-12, 2009 , Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1525350

Lenka Ivantysynova

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Holger Ziekow

Humboldt University of Berlin ( email )

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Oliver Günther

Universität Potsdam ( email )

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Seckin Kara

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