History is replete with examples of one political system replacing another, one scientific discovery invalidating another – and this cycle has occurred repeatedly in the production of goods and products for society. This book, first published in 1998, examines the massive transition currently taking place: the decline of the system of mass manufacturing. Various global changes in American business and manufacturing have forced a review of accepted thinking, and this book is a key text in this evaluation.
1. Introduction 2. Stages of Manufacturing 3. Manufacturing in the 21st Century 4. Methodology 5. Development of a Theory of Agility 6. Case 1: Arrowplane and Composit Materials, Inc. 7. Case 2: Thompson Enterprises and Bilmo Incorporated 8. Agility and the Global Aerospace Industry 9. Creating a Measure of Agility 10. Analysis and Model Revisions