Title: Agility in Indian manufacturing industries: an empirical investigation

Authors: P.G. Saleeshya; A. Subash Babu; A.S. Vishnu

Addresses: Department of Mechanical Engineering, Amrita Vishwa Vidhyapeetham (University), Coimbatore, India ' Department of Mechanical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, Powai, Mumbai 400076, India ' PricewaterhouseCoopers, 252, Veersavarkar Marg, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400028, India

Abstract: This paper reports the salient details of a study carried out with the objectives of identifying what makes an organisation agile, identifying various enablers of agility by field study, developing a modelling framework for assessing agility and assessing agility in Indian manufacturing industries. For this purpose, data were collected from Indian manufacturing industries with the help of a questionnaire. The method of analytic hierarchy process was used to analyse and identify which among these factors are likely to have greater impact on realising an agile organisation. This study revealed a number of interesting observations, which are reported in this paper.

Keywords: agile manufacturing; analytical hierarchy process; AHP; most significant; least significant; agility enablers; manufacturing industry; field studies; modelling frameworks; agility assessment; agile organisations; India; Indian culture; business management.

DOI: 10.1504/IJICBM.2012.045645

International Journal of Indian Culture and Business Management, 2012 Vol.5 No.2, pp.208 - 232

Received: 08 May 2021
Accepted: 12 May 2021

Published online: 08 Feb 2012 *

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