The concept explains the growth of mass production and its impact across the globe. It describes the types of mass production techniques that leading organisations use and the strengths and drawbacks of these different approaches.
Mass Production Definition
Mass production (MP) is a process to produce the largest quantity of items while using the fewest resources. It uses a combination of single-purpose machines and low- or semi-skilled labour to produce large amounts of standardised goods for mass consumption, to an extensive market, at low prices (Sabel & Zeitlin, 1985; Poni, 1997).
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- Broekhuizen, T.L .J. and Alsem, K. J. (2002) Success Factors for Mass Customization: A Conceptual Model, Journal of Market-Focused Management, Vol. 5 (4), pp. 309-330.
- Charney, C. and Mitchell, P. (1991) Reducing Product Lead Time, 1st edn, Society of Manufacturing Engineers, Dearborn, Mich.
- Chase, R.B., and Aquilano, N.J. (2004) Operations Management for Competitive Advantage, 10th Edition, Irwin Professional Publishing.
- Duguay, C.R., Landry, S. and Pasin, F. (1997) "From mass production to flexible/agile production", International Journal of Operations & Production Management, vol. 17, no. 12, pp. 1183-1195.
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