Title: Factors affecting decision making in the implementation of manufacturing technology

Authors: K. Vinodrai Pandya, Franck Satyre

Addresses: Department of Design, Manufacture and Engineering Management, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, G1 1XJ, UK. ' Ecole Nationale d'Ingenieurs de Tarbes (ENIT), Chemin d'Azereix, BP 162965016, Tarbes, France

Abstract: Implementing new technologies is a very important decision, and inappropriate investments in process or infrastructure may lead in some cases to the |death| of the company. This paper presents the findings of a survey carried out by the authors which aimed to investigate the decision making process involved in the implementation of new technology within the manufacturing sector. The first step in the research was to identify the factors influencing such decision making. This led to the development of a questionnaire to determine; firstly, the |weight| for each of these factors and, secondly, to what degree would some factors affect their decisions. Results of the initial analysis from visits to companies and of the returned questionnaires are discussed in this paper.

Keywords: change management; decision making; manufacturing technology; technology management; new technology; technology implementation.

DOI: 10.1504/IJTM.1996.025487

International Journal of Technology Management, 1996 Vol.12 No.2, pp.163 - 180

Published online: 22 May 2009 *

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