Is anybody listening? An investigation into popular advice and actual practices

Vastag, Gyula and Whybark, DC. (2003) Is anybody listening? An investigation into popular advice and actual practices. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF PRODUCTION ECONOMICS, 81-82 (11 Jan). pp. 115-128. ISSN 0925-5273

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In the decade of the mid-1980s to the mid-1990s, management gurus and consultants alike were touting the advantages of speed over quality and were suggesting other initiatives. Early in this period the global manufacturing research group gathered data on manufacturing practices and performance in non-fashion textile and small machine tool firms. In 1995, follow-up data were gathered from some of the same firms. Data from these surveys are used to determine the extent to which firms exceeded the growth of the economy or the industry. The data are also used to see whether the implementation of manufacturing practices followed the theories elaborated during this period and where firms learn of the practices that show promise of improving performance. Recent case studies of three firms are used to provide insight into the aggregate findings of the surveys. We find that firms do not learn from the management literature, consultants or academics, but use business and trade contacts as their sources. We also find support for the theory that implementing a number of practices will help to provide competitive advantage and that new means of transferring management technology are needed if we are to reach the firms that can benefit from its application. (C) 2002 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences / társadalomtudományok > HB Economic Theory / közgazdaságtudomány
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