Manufacturing practices: Antecedents to mass customization

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dc.contributor.author Tu, Qiang
dc.contributor.author Vonderembse, Mark
dc.contributor.author Ragu-Nathan, T.S.
dc.date.accessioned 2009-07-30T18:24:40Z
dc.date.available 2009-07-30T18:24:40Z
dc.date.issued 2004-06
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1850/10362
dc.description Journal of production planning and control article, June 2004. Please see www.taylorandfrancisgroup.com for the complete article. en_US
dc.description.abstract Mass customization is a strategy that many firms are adopting to exploit the demand for products that meet the needs of individual customers. Mass customization capability is a firm's ability to manufacture products that meet a variety of specific customer requirements quickly at a cost that is comparable to mass-produced products. The challenge for manufacturing managers is to find ways to cope with environmental uncertainty and increasing product variety through mass customization without affecting lead-time, cost or quality. Based on data collected from 303 US firms, this study investigates manufacturing practices (re-engineering set-ups, preventive maintenance, cellular manufacturing and quality assurance) that enable firms to enhance mass customization capability. When the sample is divided into firms with high versus low environmental uncertainty, the results show that these manufacturing practices tend to have a greater impact on mass customization capability when environmental uncertainty is high than when it is low. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher The International Journal of Production Planning and Control en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Vol. 15 en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries No. 4 en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries pp. 373-380 en_US
dc.subject Empirical research en_US
dc.subject Environmental uncertainty en_US
dc.subject Manufacturing practices en_US
dc.subject Mass customization en_US
dc.title Manufacturing practices: Antecedents to mass customization en_US
dc.type Article en_US

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