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Flexibility (engineering)

About: Flexibility (engineering) is a(n) research topic. Over the lifetime, 33503 publication(s) have been published within this topic receiving 569692 citation(s). The topic is also known as: mutability & variability.
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Abstract: PurposeStandards for reporting exist for many types of quantitative research, but currently none exist for the broad spectrum of qualitative research. The purpose of the present study was to formulate and define standards for reporting qualitative research while preserving the requisite flexibility

2,360 citations

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Benita M. Beamon1Institutions (1)
TL;DR: An overview and evaluation of the performance measures used in supply chain models are presented and a framework for the selection of performance measurement systems for manufacturing supply chains is presented.
Abstract: The process of choosing appropriate supply chain performance measures is difficult due to the complexity of these systems. The paper presents an overview and evaluation of the performance measures used in supply chain models and also presents a framework for the selection of performance measurement systems for manufacturing supply chains. Three types of performance measures are identified as necessary components in any supply chain performance measurement system, and new flexibility measures for supply chains are developed.

2,012 citations

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Ron Sanchez1, Joseph T. Mahoney2Institutions (2)
Abstract: This pczper investigcztes irzterrelationslzi~~s of product design, orgcznization design, processes for leartlirzg and managing knowledge, arzd competitive strategy. This paper uses the principles of nearly decotnposable systems to investigate the ability of strind(irdized interfcices between components in cz product design to embed coordination of product development processes. Embedded coordination creates 'hierczrchical coordination' without the need to continually exercise authority-erzcrblirlg effective coordination of processes without the tight coupling of orgcznizationczl structures. We develop concepts of modularity in product and organization designs based orz smndcirdized component and organization interjczces. Modular product architec- tures create information structures that provide the 'glue' that holds together the loosely coupled parts of a modular orgatzizatiorz design. By fczcilitriting loose coupling, modularity can czlso reduce the cost and dyficulty of adaptive coordination, thereby incrensing the strategic flexibility of firms to respond to erzvironmentnl change. Modularity in product and organizcztion designs therefore etznbles cz new strcitegic approach to the management of knowledge based on cztz irztentionczl, carefully mcznaged loose coupling of (I firm's learning processes czt architec- tural cznd comporzent levels of product crecztiorz processes.

1,955 citations

01 Nov 1994
Abstract: Based on a ten-year examination of control systems in over 50 U.S. businesses, this book broadens the definition of control and establishes a critical bridge between the disciplines of strategy and accounting and control. In addition to the more traditional diagnostic control systems, Simons identifies three new control systems that allow strategic change: belief systems that communicate core values and provide inspiration and direction, boundary systems that frame the strategic domain and define the limits of freedom, and interactive systems that provide flexibility in adapting to competitive environments and encourage organizational learning. These four control systems, according to Simons, will provide managers with the basic levers for pursuing strategic objectives.

1,909 citations

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Esta A. Berg1Institutions (1)
TL;DR: A simple Objective Technique for Measuring Flexibility in Thinking and its Applications in Psychology is presented.
Abstract: (1948). A Simple Objective Technique for Measuring Flexibility in Thinking. The Journal of General Psychology: Vol. 39, No. 1, pp. 15-22.

1,654 citations

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