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IEE Professional Group I7: Next Generation Manufacturing Enterprise

IEE Professional Group I7: Next Generation Manufacturing Enterprise

Why was the Next Generation Manufacturing Enterprise Professional Group formed and what was its scope?

In November 1995 a small working party was established by the Manufacturing Division of the Institution of Electrical Engineers (IEE) to consider the establishment of a Professional Group within the IEE addressing the topic of Next Generation Manufacturing Enterprise. The first full meeting of this working Group was held in London in January 1996. Among those participating was Dr Paul T. Kidd from Cheshire Henbury. The Working Group achieved Professional Group (PG) status in the fall of 1997.

The IEE’s Manufacturing PGs addressed the area of state-of-the-art manufacturing and ways of improving business performance through competitive manufacturing strategies and their effective implementation. The focus was however on current best practice and it was felt that there was also a need to look ahead to take a view on the changing shape of manufacturing enterprises of the future which would have to prosper in more competitive and turbulent markets. This was the justification for establishing the "Next Generation Manufacturing Enterprise (NGME) Professional Group" PG I7.

PGI7 covered the whole spectrum of the manufacturing value chain and, unlike other Professional Groups, did not focus on a specific functional area. It distinguished itself from other PG's in terms of time and bredth. It took a holistic view of the manufacturing enterprise and looked at future issues and challenges which needed to be addressed by manufacturing enterprises in order to survive and prosper in the long term. The Professional Group was made up of a mix of industrialists, consultants and academics to give a broadly based input to its activities.

Key concepts for consideration by PG I7 were:

Global markets and competition.
Global services and products.
Customer service excellence.
Agility and responsiveness of organisations.
Partnerships and relationships within a more dynamic supply chain.
Rapid changes in technology.
Competitive value of knowledge.

Professional Group PG I7 concentrated on the collection and dissemination of information within the scope of future competitive advantage for the manufacturing enterprise.

To gain greater clarity of thinking PGI7 developed a 'Next Generation Manufacturing Enterprise Framework'. The work of developing this Next Generation Manufacturing Enterprise Framework was undertaken by Dr Paul Kidd of Cheshire Henbury, with inputs from colleagues on the PG. This framework has been considerably refined, improved and extended by Paul Kidd since its first publication back in 1997 and the current version is available on this web site (Next Generation Manufacturing Enterprise Model).

IEE PGI7, Next Generation Manufacturing Enterprise, ceased its work in December 2000, when the IEE began replacing its PGs with Professional Networks.




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