Int. J. of Industrial and Systems Engineering   »   2009 Vol.4, No.1



Title: Collective efficacy and manufacturing schedule instability: a study in Hong Kong and the Pearl River Delta region


Author: Kris M.Y. Law, Nyoman Pujawan


Department of Manufacturing Engineering and Engineering Management, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong; Graduate Institute of Industrial Engineering, National Taiwan University, Taiwan.
Department of Industrial Engineering, Sepuluh Nopember Institute of Technology, Surabaya, Indonesia


Abstract: Schedule instability has been a major problem in the manufacturing industries. This study is to investigate how the various influencing factors affect the schedule instability experienced by manufacturing companies. A research framework is developed by hypothesising the effect of the key factors (relationships with the supplier and customers, and internal operation) on schedule instability and the correlation between collective efficacy on performance and schedule instability. The results obtained indicate that the internal operations of manufacturing companies and relationships with customers have significant impacts on the degree of collective efficacy perceived, while internal operations are significantly correlated to customer relationships.


Keywords: schedule nervousness; supply chain management; SCM; manufacturing logistics; collective efficacy; scheduling instability; Hong Kong; customer relationships.


DOI: 10.1504/IJISE.2009.021676


Int. J. of Industrial and Systems Engineering, 2009 Vol.4, No.1, pp.1 - 18


Available online: 30 Nov 2008



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