The relationship between shop floor autonomy and APS implementation success : evidence from two cases
June 5, 2013
- Appeared In: Production Planning and Control
- Volume: 20, 2009
- Issue: 7
- Pages: 576 – 585
In companies where Advanced Planning and Scheduling (APS) systems are implemented, planning and scheduling decisions are often transferred from the shop floor to the new APS system. As a result, there can be disagreement between the scheduler and the shop floor about the amount of autonomy permitted on the shop floor post implementation. When this is the case, it often leads to problematic use of APS. Until now, the relationship between this production control concept and its implementation has hardly been studied. This article presents two cases where the relationship between autonomy and APS success is investigated. The cases represent two extremes in terms of the level of autonomy and the effect that this has on the success of APS implementation. The results show that although different divisions of autonomy are feasible in a specific situation, a disagreement concerning autonomy is a key explanatory factor for understanding why an APS implementation may fail.
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