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International Journal of Agile Systems and Management
International Journal of Agile Systems and Management


Special Issue on: "Complexity in Manufacturing"

Guest Editors:
Ali K. Kamrani, University of Houston, USA
Emad S. Abouel Nasr, Helwan University, Egypt

Agility in manufacturing is one of the many profound qualities companies must posses to succeed in a turbulent business environment. Businesses worldwide are constantly faced with the challenge of offering the ideal product variety in their supply chain because of the conflicting interests between manufacturing and marketing.

Although mass customisation is ideally desirable from a customer service perspective, it is often accompanied by engineering and manufacturing hurdles arising from product proliferation. Manufacturing strategy has evolved through significant changes that occurred in the latter part of the nineteenth century. Companies no longer adhere to the manufacturing philosophy of capturing market share by producing large volumes of a standardised product. Businesses have realised that responding to the market quickly with specific product-targeting to niche markets will be the crucial factor that will give them a cutting edge over their competitors.

The aim of this special issue is to identify the research issues for managing manufacturing complexity in light of these global challenges. The goal of this special issue is to cover a variety of topics and issues related to complexity with specific application to agile manufacturing systems.

Subject Coverage
Topics include but are not limited to:
A. Concepts and State of Research in Manufacturing Complexity
  1. Complexity Models
    1. Product
    2. Operational
    3. Process
  2. Risk Analysis and Mitigation
  3. Measure of Complexity
    1. Cost
    2. Structural
    3. Dynamic
  4. Complexity Management
    1. Project
    2. Quality
    3. Risk
  5. Logistics and Supply Chain Complexity
  6. Inventory Analyses
  7. Information Management
  8. Other related subjects
B. Problem Solving Frameworks, Models and Methods
  1. Design for Complexity
    1. Design for Lean
    2. Design for Variety
    3. Design fro Modularity
    4. Design for Reconfigurability
    5. Design for Six Sigma
  2. Axiomatic Design
  3. Product Variety Management
  4. Mass Customisation
  5. Agile Manufacturing
  6. Other related subjects
C. Enabling Tool and Technologies
  1. Simulation Models
  2. Optimisation Models
  3. Statistical Models
  4. e -Based Design and Manufacturing
  5. Collaborative and Distributed Engineering
  6. Other related subjects
D. Case Studies

Notes for Prospective Authors

Submitted papers should not have been previously published nor be currently under consideration for publication elsewhere

All papers are refereed through a peer review process. A guide for authors, sample copies and other relevant information for submitting papers are available on the Author Guidelines page

Important Dates

Paper Submission (e-mail): 31 October 2007

Communication of Results (e-mail): 15 December 2007

Final Manuscript submission (e-mail): 15 February 2008