Title: Assessing strategic flexibility of manufacturing organisations using AHP

Authors: Doordarshi Singh; Jaspreet Singh Oberoi; Inderpreet Singh Ahuja

Addresses: Mechanical Engineering Department, Baba Banda Singh Bahadur Engineering College, Fatehgarh Sahib – 140407 Punjab, India. ' Mechanical Engineering Department, Baba Banda Singh Bahadur Engineering College, Fatehgarh Sahib – 140407 Punjab, India. ' Mechanical Engineering Department, University College of Engineering, Punjabi University, Patiala – 147 002 Punjab, India

Abstract: Fast and dramatic changes in customer expectations, competition, and technology are creating an increasingly uncertain environment. The strategic flexibility is becoming a very important concept in manufacturing industry in order to respond to threats posed by environmental uncertainty. Manufacturers are seeking to enhance flexibility across the manufacturing system. In order to survive in this highly volatile environment and to attain strategic flexibility, firms need to develop dynamic capabilities. In this paper, we have applied analytical hierarchy process (AHP) technique to assess strategic flexibility in manufacturing industry.

Keywords: strategic flexibility; dynamic capabilities; analytical hierarchy process; AHP; supply chain flexibility; manufacturing flexibility; decision making; supply chain management; SCM; uncertainty.

DOI: 10.1504/IJASM.2012.050153

International Journal of Agile Systems and Management, 2012 Vol.5 No.4, pp.319 - 329

Received: 18 Oct 2011
Accepted: 16 Mar 2012

Published online: 31 Oct 2012 *

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