A Taxonomy of Process Types

by: William Lovejoy

Publication Date: May 24, 2010
Length: 12 pages
Product ID#: 1-429-083

Core Disciplines: Operations Management/Supply Chain

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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 Objectives

After reading and discussing the material, students should:

  • 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.