This article proposes a structure whereby a company can outsource several of its production and design activities, particularly via information superhighways. We coin this structural concept; Telemanufacturing, and show that it could be a viable option to increase the flexibility of manufacturing enterprises especially those of medium and small sizes. A model is developed to analytically capture the impact of Telemanufacturing on flexibility and aid in a firm's design quest for flexible solutions. An example is provided illustrating the application of this model.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Business, Management and Accounting(all)
- Economics and Econometrics
- Management Science and Operations Research
- Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
- Flexibility measurement
- Flexible solutions