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Implementing strategy-led BPR in a small manufacturing company

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2 Author(s)
Denton, P.D. ; Loughborough Univ. of Technol., UK ; Hodgson, A.

The adoption of “best practice” by small manufacturing enterprises (SMEs) poses many practical, theoretical, financial and organisational problems. The implementation of business-strategy-driven business process re-engineering (BPR) can be seen as a way forward towards best practice. However, the problems associated with “surviving the journey” to best practice remain. This paper considers the transition from the identification of key business strategies to the implementation of business processes and their supporting information technology systems. The paper presents an analysis of a number of approaches to business process analysis (BPA) and BPR. The resource constraints of small companies (technology, skill, finance) are identified and the implications of these are considered, leading to a choice of BPA and BPR methodologies for an industrial case study. The company described in this paper is involved in the design and manufacture of speciality knitting machines. The paper investigates the requirements for strategy formulation and successful BPR in a small manufacturing company and suggests an application framework based on experiences to date at the above company

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Factory 2000 - The Technology Exploitation Process, Fifth International Conference on (Conf. Publ. No. 435)

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2-4 Apr 1997