Implementing Integrating Technologies: Developing Managerial Integration for CAD/CAM

David Twigg, Christopher A. Voss, Graham M. Winch

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    The issues of integrating engineering with manufacturing are considered via an examination of 15 UK engineering companies that have been implementing computer-aided design (CAD)-computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) technology. In-depth case studies of 2 of these firms were conducted. The results indicate that organizational integration is required for effective implementation. In most cases, organizational change severely lagged implementation of CAD-CAM technology. Several mechanisms can be used to improve integration, including: 1. direct contact, 2. liaison roles, 3. task forces, 4. teams, 5. integrator roles, and 6. matrix organization. To realize the extent of adaptation required, managers need to identify the linkages with the greatest need and potential for organizational integration.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)76
    Number of pages1
    JournalInternational Journal of Operations and Production Management
    Issue number7,8
    Publication statusPublished - 1992


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