Title: An investigation of drivers for the need of flexibility in Indian manufacturing industries

Authors: Shakun Preet Kaur; Jatinder Kumar; Rakesh Kumar

Addresses: Department of Mechanical Engineering, GD Goenka University, Gurgaon, Haryana, 122103, India ' Department of Mechanical Engineering, National Institute of Technology, Kurukshetra, Haryana, 136119, India ' Department of Industrial and Production Engineering, Dr B R Ambedkar National Institute of Technology, Jalandhar, 144011, India

Abstract: Presently, the manufacturers all over the world are facing dynamic market conditions. In this scenario, the manufacturing system has to be flexible enough to respond to the conditions of uncertainty. To be future ready and handle these uncertainties the system should identify the key drivers for the need of flexibility and act accordingly. The aim of this paper is to investigate the drivers for the need of flexibility through a survey in Indian manufacturing organisations, the results of the survey are validated through an analytical hierarchy process (AHP) study.

Keywords: flexibility; manufacturing flexibility; drivers for the need of flexibility; AHP; analytical hierarchy process.

DOI: 10.1504/IJTPM.2019.101167

International Journal of Technology, Policy and Management, 2019 Vol.19 No.3, pp.226 - 242

Received: 11 Sep 2017
Accepted: 09 Feb 2018

Published online: 26 Jul 2019 *

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