Title: The significance of agile manufacturing techniques within SMEs in the construction industry

Authors: Hossam Ismail, Iain Reid, Ivan Arokiam, Jenny Poolton

Addresses: The Agility Centre, The University of Liverpool, Management School, Liverpool L69 7ZH, UK. ' The Agility Centre, The University of Liverpool, Management School, Liverpool L69 7ZH, UK. ' The Agility Centre, The University of Liverpool, Management School, Liverpool L69 7ZH, UK. ' The Agility Centre, The University of Liverpool, Management School, Liverpool L69 7ZH, UK

Abstract: Manufacturers are constantly under pressure to function efficiently to deliver customer requirements both cost effectively as well as on time. To respond to such requirements the company must adopt agile tools and techniques in strategic parts or throughout the organisation. Agile manufacturing is an emerging concept in industry that aims at achieving flexibility and responsiveness to changing markets. However, the construction industry has somewhat been overlooked where agility is concerned and specifically the companies in the supply chain. The agility centre at the University of Liverpool has developed a framework which identifies the areas of vulnerability and a set of measures that can further quantify the identified issues. This paper features some main components of the framework and applies them via a case study SME company within the construction industry. This in effect validates some of the agility measures and gives an insight into manufacturing agility within the construction industry.

Keywords: agile manufacturing; SMEs; small and medium sized enterprises; construction industry; case study; agility; agile systems; supply chain management; SCM; agile supply chains.

DOI: 10.1504/IJASM.2006.010940

International Journal of Agile Systems and Management, 2006 Vol.1 No.3, pp.229 - 243

Published online: 19 Sep 2006 *

Full-text access for editors Access for subscribers Purchase this article Comment on this article