Title: A rule-based fuzzy-logic approach for evaluating the strategic flexibility in manufacturing organisations

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: The manufacturing sector throughout the world has been witnessing intense competition and turbulent environment in recent times. Manufacturing organisations are trying to enhance their flexibility to respond to this volatile environment. Strategic flexibility is difficult to define, mainly owing to the multidimensionality and vagueness in definitions. Nowadays, new methods like multi-criteria decision-making (MCDM) models like analytical hierarchy process (AHP), piecewise-affine (PWA), a fuzzy-based (FB) model, etc., have been extensively used in strategic management literature. In this paper, a fuzzy logic, knowledge-based framework is presented for the assessment of strategic flexibility in Indian manufacturing organisations.

Keywords: strategic flexibility; fuzzy logic; manufacturing flexibility; new product flexibility; market flexibility; manufacturing industry; strategic management; knowledge-based systems; KBS; India.

DOI: 10.1504/IJSCM.2014.067284

International Journal of Strategic Change Management, 2014 Vol.5 No.4, pp.281 - 296

Accepted: 30 Jul 2014
Published online: 02 Feb 2015 *

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