Identifying the Contribution of IT/IS Infrastructure to Manufacturing Agility
Adrian E. Coronado Mondragon (Brunel University, UK), Mansoor Sarhadi (Brunel University, UK) and Colin Millar (Brunel University, UK)
Copyright: © 2002
Competitive environments are driving manufacturing organisations to react quickly to unpredictable changes and customer opportunities. To face these new challenges, manufacturing organisations require the support of information technology/systems in their operations. An information technology/systems infrastructure capable of coping with these changes is in part responsible for determining the level of contribution of information systems applications. Seven key characteristics of IT/IS-containing infrastructure were investigated in a survey. The application of factor analysis showed three main factors associated to IT/IS infrastructure. A series of attributes were associated to the identified characteristics of IT/IS for agility, enabling the development of a cascade-like model to facilitate the evaluation of IT/IS with special emphasis on infrastructure.