Designing Information Systems for the Management of Operational Priorities in Batch Manufacture

Westbrook, Roy (1995) Designing Information Systems for the Management of Operational Priorities in Batch Manufacture. Production Planning & Control, 6 (4). pp. 286-300.

Abstract

A series of action research projects designed information systems for the management of batch manufacturing operations in the UK. The style of management used in these companies, which was termed priority management, arose from internal and external volatilities which precluded the prescriptive systems normally associated with operations management. What companies required was a data structure which gave 'vision' over the situation and enabled priority choices to be made. These structures arc called order-book models. The design of order-book models for priority management became, as the multisitc action research project progressed, a prescriptive process supported by simple tools, some of which are described. A major conclusion from the project was the need to give data structure an important role in relation to management action, and not only in relation to software. A model of systems effectiveness is proposed of which this data-driven aspect is a major feature.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Information systems; Production control; Batch manufacture; Order books; Action research
Subject(s): Operations management
Centre: Faculty of Operations Management
Date Deposited: 05 Feb 2012 15:53
Last Modified: 23 Oct 2015 14:06
URI: http://eureka.sbs.ox.ac.uk/id/eprint/1840

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