Title: Determination of relative importance of agility enablers for agile manufacturing companies by analytical hierarchy process

Authors: Muhammad Atiq-Ur-Rehman

Addresses: 47-N, Block 2, PECHS, Karachi, Pakistan

Abstract: It is essential for any manufacturing organisation endeavouring to become agile to identify the relative importance of different agility enablers that contribute the most to agility of an organisation. So in this paper an attempt has been made to identify the agility enablers and the criteria of agile manufacturing from literature review and subsequently ranked the agility enablers after comparing their importance with each agile criterion by analytical hierarchy process (AHP) tool. Sensitivity analysis is performed on the results to check robustness of the ranking while future research opportunities in this research are also identified at the end. The results showed that the management response agility and the supply chain agility received first and second position as the most important enablers while the work force agility is the least important when it comes to make an organisation agile in nature.

Keywords: agile manufacturing; agility enablers; agility criteria; multicriteria decision making; MCDM; management response agility; MRA; supply chain agility; SCA; manufacturing management agility; workforce agility; analytical hierarchy process; AHP; sensitivity analysis; agile supply chains; supply chain management; SCM; literature review.

DOI: 10.1504/IJASM.2017.082937

International Journal of Agile Systems and Management, 2017 Vol.10 No.1, pp.49 - 72

Received: 29 Jun 2016
Accepted: 16 Dec 2016

Published online: 15 Mar 2017 *

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