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This report introduces the reader to the concept of agility as a business paradigm and subsequently looks specifically at the objectives, attributes and implications of an agile manufacturing enterprise. Agility is defined as a systematically designed-in capability to adapt to large and unpredictable changes and to exploit that capability by fostering change to create competitive advantage. Agility has common features with several current business programmes in Europe and America - the report positions the concept in this context. Agility is not dependent on specific manufacturing technologies, however it is contingent on the development of appropriate communications techniques (application, content and delivery) to support new business processes. Agility takes different forms (tending towards opportunism or innovation) in different market sectors.

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Authors: HARVEY M, CEST, London (GB)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 16469 EN (1996) 149pp., FS
Availability: Available from the Public Relations and Publications Unit, JRC Ispra, I-21020 Ispra (IT), Fax: +39-332-785818
Record Number: 199611531 / Last updated on: 1997-01-27
Original language: en
Available languages: en
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