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Digital Machines, Space, And Time: Towards A Behavioral Perspective Of Flexible Manufacturing

Aversa, P. ORCID: 0000-0003-3175-9477, Formentini, M., Iubatti, D. and Lorenzoni, G. (2020). Digital Machines, Space, And Time: Towards A Behavioral Perspective Of Flexible Manufacturing. Journal of Product Innovation Management,

Abstract

Recently, the diffusion of digital machines has further enhanced firms’ manufacturing flexibility, but also opened questions on potential challenges and implications in the production process. To respond to these timely issues, we adopt a behavioral perspective and comparatively explore how four different types of digital machines—characterized by increasing degrees of manufacturing flexibility—affect the perception and use of space and time for routines within the production plant. We qualitatively observe and compare 45 digital manufacturing machines, sampled across 14 firms in the British and Italian motorsport industry. A model emerges where four key mechanisms reshape the ‘space-machine’ and ‘time-machine’ routines. Such mechanisms mediate the relationship between manufacturing flexibility and firm performance. Further, we show how increasing digitalization in the manufacturing process enhances the establishment of new routines as flexible machines get introduced in the production. Finally, we discuss the theoretical and practical implications related to fostering a behavioral perspective in innovation and operations management studies.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Aversa, P. , Formetini, M., Iubatti, D. and Lorenzoni, G. (2020). Digital Machines, Space, And Time: Towards A Behavioral Perspective Of Flexible Manufacturing. Journal of Product Innovation Management, which is to be published in final form at http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1111/(ISSN)1540-5885/. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Use of Self-Archived Versions.
Publisher Keywords: Digital; Flexible manufacturing; Additive manufacturing; Behavioral Perspective; Routines; Operations; Space; Time; Motorsport
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
T Technology > TJ Mechanical engineering and machinery
Departments: Cass Business School > Management
URI: https://openaccess.city.ac.uk/id/eprint/24153
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