On The Interface Between Engineering And Manufacturing Management

Dekkers, R. , Chang, C. M. and Kreutzfeldt, J. (2011) On The Interface Between Engineering And Manufacturing Management. In: 21st International Conference on Production Research, Stuttgart, German, 31 July - 4 Aug 2011, ISBN 9783839602935

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A review of both literature and practice has led to the identification of four main challenges for the interface between engineering and manufacturing management. First, the literature is sparse and conflicting; examples of these are the relationships with suppliers and the effects of using information technology. Second, the review confirms that either generic concepts are being advocated or large portions of the acquired knowledge about the interface is based on case experiences. Therefore, there is a need for methodologies and methods that bridge that gap by balancing generalisation and instantiation. Third, we note an overall lack of literature addressing overall productivity. It is recommended that adequate reference models, like the one introduced in the paper, will be developed and used in further research. As a final point we observed in practice that “managerialism” seems to override opinion of experts; this has been overlooked by literature but definitely deserves more attention from academics. A research agenda is proposed to fill the existing gap and to direct research that will address both theory-building as well as practical applications.

Item Type:Conference Proceedings
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Dekkers, Dr Rob
Authors: Dekkers, R., Chang, C. M., and Kreutzfeldt, J.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > Adam Smith Business School > Management

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