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The controversy about how to structure flexibility

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abstract Many authors have contributed to the research about flexibility. Result is, that the field is unstructured and various, not well defined types of flexibility exist. Now, the important question rises if the different types of flexibility can be sorted to structure the field of flexibility. To answer this question, we based our research on cases involving five manufacturing companies in Switzerland. With each company we have discussed the main flexibility types mentioned in literature and have analyzed which types of flexibility the companies address. Based on the analysis we have examined which types of flexibility are influencing the others. We analyzed the data and found out that some sort of hierarchy exists but the hierarchy is not as explicit as stated in literature. We found four groups in which the different types of flexibility can be sorted, namely strategy, resources, structure and human resources.
   
type conference paper (English)
   
keywords flexibility, strategy, structure
   
name of conference Euroma (Ankara, Turkey)
date of conference 17-6-2007
title of proceedings Managing operations in an expanding Europe
review double-blind review
   
citation Rathje, M., Deflorin, P., & Friedli, T. (2007). The controversy about how to structure flexibility. In Managing operations in an expanding Europe.