Document Type

Closed Project

Publication Date

Spring 1992


Richard F. Deckro

Course Title

Individual Study

Course Number

EMGT 506


The purpose of this study is; (1) to identify a list of criteria to be used as measurement tools for flexibility, (2) to determine the degree of importance of the flexibility types based on their contribution to overall flexibility as expressed by a sample of FMS practitioners, and, (3) to obtain the importance level indicated by the sample group for each criterion (in terms of their relative weights) for measuring the degree of flexibility of the corresponding type. In the first sections, we review the major manufacturing systems, concept of Flexible Manufacturing Systems (FMS), benefits of FMS, and discuss the need for a performance measurement system in an FMS environment. Definitions of flexibility types at different organization levels, along with related criteria for each type, are summarized from an in-depth literature search. Linkage between the flexibility types and performance evaluation system has been identified. The importance level of criteria for each flexibility type are presented for our sample. To test the significance of data, gathered from mail-survey, analysis of variance (ANOVA) method and Friedman's two way analysis of variance method were used according to type of questions in the survey.


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