International Journal of Production Research volume 56, issue 11, P3974-3993 2018 DOI: 10.1080/00207543.2018.1463109 View full text
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Amir Qamar, Mark A. Hall, Simon Collinson

Abstract: Given the recent dynamics of the automotive industry in the UK, the ability for a firm to be flexible has often taken priority over other performance indicators. Using the notion of distinct business models and trade-offs as our theoretical lens, the purpose of this study was to: (1) Distinguish lean and agile firms based upon production methods; and (2) Compare lean and agile levels of external flexibility (EF) and supply chain flexibility (SCF). Data was obtained from 140 automotive firms in the Midlands (UK…

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