Title: Achieving better on-time-delivery performance with the help of internal dependencies in the production

Authors: Pia Nieminen, Josu Takala

Addresses: Saunalahdentie 6 A 9, FIN-00330 Helsinki, Finland. ' University of Vaasa, Department of Engineering Science and Industrial Management, P.O. Box 700, FIN-65101 Vaasa, Finland

Abstract: On-time-delivery performance shows a company|s ability to react to changes in markets and to launch new products and product families. Purpose of this study was to determine the reasons why calculated on-time-delivery performance differs from actual on-time-delivery performance in case company by defining the external and internal factors, which are mostly decreasing on-time-delivery performance, and the dependencies between virtual factories. Empirical study was carried out as an operation analytic study by describing the actual situation in case company affecting its on-time-delivery performance with a benchmarking comparison. Methods used in study were brainstorming, Analytic Hierarchy Process (AHP), and benchmarking.

Keywords: on-time delivery; networking; manufacturing flexibility; agility; delivery performance; virtual factories; benchmarking; brainstorming; analytical hierarchy process; AHP; agile manufacturing; agile management.

DOI: 10.1504/IJMED.2006.008249

International Journal of Management and Enterprise Development, 2006 Vol.3 No.1/2, pp.181 - 190

Published online: 25 Nov 2005 *

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