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The Role of Education and Training in the Implementation of a Manufacturing Strategy

  • Roy Staughton
  • Nick Kinnie
  • Rebecca Smith
  • Huw Davies
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Abstract

Manufacturing Strategy needs to be appropriate to the needs of the organisation, acceptable to all employees, and capable of subsequent renewal by management. To achieve this, attention needs to be paid not only to the objectives and framework of the Manufacturing Strategy, but also to the processes through which these are developed, implemented, and adapted. We argue that these processes are essentially iterative passing through a series of cycles in response to a changing set of conditions. Whilst, education and training issues are central to these processes little research has been carried out. This paper puts forward one possible approach to dealing with these issues where education and training are handled by analysts external to the organisation. This temporary resource or ‘locum’ team works with the organisation to achieve the ultimate aim of managers being able to develop, implement, and review their own Manufacturing Strategy. This is achieved by helping managers to develop a Manufacturing Strategy, providing guidance to them to implement the strategy, and setting up monitoring and review mechanisms.

Keywords

Training Programme Human Resource Management Management Control System Manufacture Strategy Review Mechanism 
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© Operations Management Association-UK 1991

Authors and Affiliations

  • Roy Staughton
    • 1
  • Nick Kinnie
    • 1
  • Rebecca Smith
    • 1
  • Huw Davies
    • 1
  1. 1.School of ManagementUniversity of BathBathUK

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