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Agile Manufacturing: Forging New Frontiers

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Agile Manufacturing

Paul T Kidd

ISBN 0-201-63163-6 (Hardbound)

Publisher: Addison Wesley

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Publication Date: June 1994


Agile Manufacturing: Forging New Frontiers

Chapter 5 Introduction

What we refer to in this book as traditional manufacturing has been developing over a long period of time since the start of the industrial revolution in the middle of the 18th century. It is our belief that traditional manufacturing can be characterised by five primary paradigms. The first paradigm is our traditional management accounting practices, which we have discussed in Chapter 4. The four other paradigms are: the organisational paradigm; the control paradigm; the technological paradigm; and the technological design paradigm.

We treated the management accounting paradigm separately from the other four paradigms, because we believe that it is our traditional management accounting paradigm that is largely responsible for maintaining the four other paradigms. If we replace our traditional management accounting paradigm with one that matches the needs of Agile Manufacturing environments, then it is highly likely that this will enable the replacement of the remaining four paradigms.

What we will attempt to do in this Chapter is to describe these four paradigms, and show why they are now inappropriate and outdated. We will also try to demonstrate the relationships that exist between these paradigms. We will start by considering the organisational and control paradigms.

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