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Management Decision

ISSN: 0025-1747
Incorporates: Journal of Management History (Archive)

Online from: 1967

Subject Area: Management Science/Management Studies

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Problem Solving in Manufacturing

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Title:Problem Solving in Manufacturing
Author(s):Samuel K.M. Ho
Source:Management Decision, Vol. 31 Iss: 7
Author(s):Samuel K.M. Ho
Keywords:Industrial performance, Manufacturing, Problem solving
DOI:10.1108/EUM0000000000121 (Permanent URL)
Publisher:MCB UP Ltd
Abstract:A problem is usually a result of “changes”. However, not all changes are the cause of problems. The search for the cause of a problem narrows down to the search for that change which should produce the precise effect observed through some area of distinction. This change may consist of several elements and conditions taken together as a complex change, which can produce the exact effect observed. This change will be found through analysing the facts used in specifying the problem. The process of analysis requires co-operative brain-storming among different parties concerned. Analysis of these facts is thus the crux of problem solving. Outlines an effective method of solving problems in manufacturing and demonstrates its success with practical case studies from Hong Kong, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, and the UK.

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