The Management of Productivity and Technology in Manufacturing

  • Paul R. Kleindorfer

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Editor’s Introduction

    1. Paul R. Kleindorfer
      Pages 1-6
  3. The Nature of New Manufacturing Technology

  4. Innovation and Manufacturing Strategy

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 111-111
    2. James M. Utterback, Linsu Kim
      Pages 113-151
    3. Morris A. Cohen, Hau L. Lee
      Pages 153-188
    4. Christopher S. Fuselier
      Pages 189-195
  5. Productivity Management

  6. Technology Management and Organization

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 273-273
    2. Ralph Katz, Thomas J. Allen
      Pages 275-300
    3. Charles S. Skinner
      Pages 301-316
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 317-331

About this book


This volume is concerned with the nature of new manufacturing technologies, such as CAD/CAM and robotics, as well as ap­ propriate methodologies for evaluating whether such technologies are financially and organizationally viable in particular contexts. The chapters included here were commissioned as papers for presen­ tation at The Wharton Conference on Productivity, Technology, and Organizational Innovation, which took place in Philadelphia on December 8 and 9 of 1983. The conference was sponsored by The University of Pennsylvania's Center for the Study of Organizational Innovation. There has been a surge of interest in the area of manufacturing over the past ten years as managers have come to realize that the operations function is critical to remaining competitive. New status has been given to factory and operations managers. New programs revitalizing manufacturing and distribution have been introduced in organizations. Corporate strategy is now explicitly considering operations and manufacturing functions. And the curricula of leading business schools are reflecting the rapidly advancing research on technology management and manufacturing operations. In spite of these important signs of progress, we are clearly just at the beginning of understanding the issues involved here. The present volume provides a state-of-the-art review of the realities of technology management and manufacturing strategy. As described in the Editor's Introduction, we address four topics: The Nature of New Manufacturing Technology, Innovation and Manufacturing Strategy, Productivity Management, and Technology Management and Organ­ ization. These issues are clearly very important themes for U.S.


Innovation Management Manufacturing Manufacturing Strategy Manufacturing System Performance Processing organization production robot

Editors and affiliations

  • Paul R. Kleindorfer
    • 1
  1. 1.Center for the Study of Organizational Innovation, The Wharton SchoolUniversity of PennsylvaniaPhiladelphiaUSA

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