Conceptualizing manufacturing flexibility: an operational approach and a comparative evaluation

Kahyaoğlu, Yasemin
Kayalıgil, Sinan
An operational approach to conceptualization and the measurement of manufacturing flexibility is presented. A critical review of selected measures from the literature is provided in the context of the operational approach. A flexibility measure is proposed. A formulation and the features of the proposed measure are discussed. An application of the measure is demonstrated through a hypothetical example. Using the same example, selected flexibility measures from the literature are evaluated. The performance of the measures and the proposed measure are compared.


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Y. Kahyaoğlu and S. Kayalıgil, “Conceptualizing manufacturing flexibility: an operational approach and a comparative evaluation,” INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF PRODUCTION RESEARCH, pp. 2187–2206, 2002, Accessed: 00, 2020. [Online]. Available: