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A Taxonomy of Process Types
Product Type: Conceptual Note  Publication Date: 05/2010  Product ID#: 1-429-083  Length: 12pages

Core Disciplines: Operations Management/Supply Chain

TEACHING NOTE: None

DESCRIPTION: This note describes the spectrum of process types, focusing on two pure cases in detail, flow shops, and job shops. Specifically it describes characteristics, operations, and opportunities for competitive advantage, and the decision hierarchies involved in each. Also, other process types are introduced, including batch f low processes, projects, and flexible manufacturing.

TEACHING POINTS: 

    After discussing this note, students will be able to:
  • Describe the spectrum of process types and the natural trajectory for a product and process.
  • Describe the impact of the competitive environment on the structure and operation of productive systems.

Secondary Tags: Manufacturing
Sales Rank: #451


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