Journal of Engineering, Project, and Production Management, 2016, 6(1), 63-76
Impact of Flexibility of Manufacturing System Components on Competitiveness of SMEs in Northern India
Shakun Preet Kaur1, Jatinder Kumar2, and Rakesh Kumar3
1PhD student, Department of Mechanical Engineering, NIT, Kurukshetra, India. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org (corresponding author).
2Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, NIT, Kurukshetra, India. E-mail: email@example.com
3Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, SBSSTC, Ferozepur, Punjab, India. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Received April 16, 2015; received revisions July 8, 2015; August 6, 2015; accepted August 8, 2015
Available online September 16, 2015
Abstract: The present manufacturing environment is characterized by a number of changes which poses challenges to a typical manufacturing unit. Time demands a shift from the traditional manufacturing strategies as they do not fit to present market competition. A flexible systems strategy has to be designed for remaining competitive in the market and perform well. For designing strategies and policies it is important to know the factors that influence performance of the system. The aim of this paper is to assess the impact of the flexibility of manufacturing system components on competitiveness of SMEs in northern India. A questionnaire based survey was conducted in the SMEs across northern India analysing three sectors namely automotive, machine tool and light engineering (mechanical components and equipment). The study contributes to the existing literature by empirically investigating the impact of machine, material handling and worker flexibility on competitiveness of manufacturing firms. This paper presents a Structural Equation Model displaying the impact of flexibility of manufacturing system components on competitiveness of SMEs.
Keywords: Manufacturing system, machine flexibility, material handling flexibility, worker flexibility, competitiveness, SMES, structural equation modelling.
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Citation: Kaur, S. P., Kumar, J., and Kumar, R. (2016). Impact of Flexibility of Manufacturing System Components on Competitiveness of SMEs in Northern India. Journal of Engineering, Project, and Production Management, 6(1), 63-76.
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