Identifying the Contribution of IT/IS Infrastructure to Manufacturing Agility

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 |Pages: 14
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-931777-18-6.ch007
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Abstract

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.

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