Impact of plant practices on operational performance : a statistical analysis of data from a Canadian manufacturing survey.
Huang, Yun Bo.
Date of Issue2000
College of Business (Nanyang Business School)
Much of current research on how manufacturing contributes to plant success relies upon in-depth case studies and the "intuitive guidance" of experienced individuals. Only a few empirical studies have examined the relationship between manufacturing practices and plant manufacturing capabilities. The results of analysis imply that best plants adopt a set of best practices to achieve plant success. The results also indicate that while usage of many practices can significantly distinguish MS groups from LS groups, there is a difference as to how every practice factor and individual practices contribute to plant performance improvement on the five dimensions. It was found that the quality-related practices are the most important ones for improving quality performance, manufacturing technologies are the most effective practices for improving cost & productivity performance. JIT practices are most effective to reduce inventory, and increase delivery reliability. Employee involvement, training and teamwork practices are very helpful for improving performance along employee relationship dimension.
DRNTU::Business::Operations management::Production management
Nanyang Technological University