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Title: Identifying the need for world class manufacturing and best practice for SMEs in the UK.
Epworth Authors: Wickramasinghe, Nilmini
Other Authors: Khan, Zulfiqar
Bali, Rajeev
Keywords: World Class Manufacturing
Best Practice
Small & Medium-Sized Enterprises
Lean Manufacturing
Continuous Improvement
Knowledge Economy
Chair of Health Informatics Management, Epworth HealthCare, Victoria, Australia
Issue Date: 2007
Publisher: Inderscience
Citation: Int. J. of Management and Enterprise Development, 2007; 4(4): 428-440
Abstract: There has been much written in literature by both academics and industrialists alike about the importance of Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) to the economic prosperity of the UK and the urgent need for these businesses to improve their competitiveness. UK small firms are still underperforming in comparison to those companies in France and Germany. In order that UK organisations achieve world class levels of competitiveness the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI)'s UK Manufacturing Strategy identified an urgent need for the systematic implementation of 'best practices' such as Lean Practices and other World Class Manufacturing (WCM) methodologies. The paper uses an SME company survey to determine the level and breadth of best practice/WCM methodologies implementation. To further the analysis of the survey, semi-structured interviews were conducted with 20 companies for further clarification and analysis of the survey results. This paper fulfils an identified need for SMEs to achieve WCM status and implement best practice in their facilities. Moreover, by providing a sector by sector analysis it is possible to compare and contrast deficiencies in these SMEs across key sectors.
DOI: 10.1504/IJMED.2007.013155
ISSN: 1741-8127
Journal Title: International Journal of Management and Enterprise Development
Type: Journal Article
Affiliated Organisations: Department of Knowledge and Information Management, Faculty of Engineering and Computing, Coventry University, Priory Street, Coventry, CV1 5FB, UK.
Center for the Management Medical Technology (CMMT), Stuart Graduate School of Business, Illinois Institute of Technology, 565 West Adams Street, Chicago, IL 60661, USA
Type of Clinical Study or Trial: Survey
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