Manufacturing Decision Areas
Hayes and Wheelwright's 10 manufacturing strategy decision areas are:
|Capacity||Capacity flexibility, shift patterns, temporary subcontracting policies|
|Facilities||The size, capacity, location and focus of manufacturing resources|
|Production equipment||Degree of automation, technology choices, configuration of equipment into lines, cells, etc., maintenance policies and the potential for developing new processes in-house|
|Vertical integration||Strategic make versus buy, supplier policies, extent of dependence on suppliers|
|Human resources policies||Recruitment, training and development, culture and management style|
|Quality systems||Quality assurance and quality control policies and practice|
|Production planning and control||Production and order, material control systems|
|Performance measurement||Financial and non-financial performance management and linkages to recognition and reward systems|
|Organisation||Structure, accountabilities and responsibilities|
|New product introduction||Design for manufacture guidelines, introduction stages, organisational aspects e.g., manufacturing role in concurrent engineering|
- Hayes, Robert H., and Wheelwright, Steven C., "Restoring Our Competitive Edge: Competing Through Manufacturing". New York: John Wiley, 1984.
- Hayes, Robert H., and Wheelwright, Steven C., Clark, Kim B., "Dynamic Manufacturing". New York: The Free Press (Macmillan Inc.), 1988.