Title: Computer integration using the McKinsey's 7S model as an underlying framework: a case study in the foundry

Authors: N. Mohan Das Gandhi, V. Selladurai, P. Santhi

Addresses: Department of Mechanical Engineering, Kumaraguru College of Technology, Coimbatore 641006, TN, India. ' Department of Mechanical Engineering, Coimbatore Institute of Technology, Coimbatore 641014, TN, India. ' Department of Commerce, Avinashilingam Deemed University, Coimbatore 641043, TN, India

Abstract: Computers are being used to generate and process data for improving the company|s profitability and productivity. Computer applications depend heavily on how effectively computers are integrated within the firms. Industries can integrate computers in a more efficient way by using McKinsey|s 7S framework as a guideline. A case study of computer integration using McKinsey|s 7S model in the foundry is presented and explorative use of simulation software in the foundry is also analysed.

Keywords: computer integration; McKinsey; 7S model; simulation; foundry automation; AMT; advanced manufacturing technology; integrated manufacturing; organisational change; strategy; style; shared values; systems; staff; skills; structure.

DOI: 10.1504/IJITM.2006.010125

International Journal of Information Technology and Management, 2006 Vol.5 No.2/3, pp.175 - 196

Published online: 21 Jun 2006 *

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