Advanced manufacturing technology investments in Britain: 1989 versus 1996

Amrik S. Sohal, Gloria L. Lee, Peter G Burcher

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This paper compares the results of surveys conducted in 1989 and 1996 that examined the planning and implementation activities associated with investments in Advanced Manufacturing Technology (AMT) in British manufacturing companies. The same data collection instrument was used in both surveys which focused on a number of aspects of the AMT planning and implementation process. The similarities and differences identified in respect of motivation for investing in AMTs, role of respondents in strategy formulation, nature and size of AMT investments made, sources of information used, financial evaluation carried out, training in AMT and production management, benefits of AMTs, and risks and difficulties associated with adopting AMTs are discussed. Conclusions and implications for management are presented.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)645-659
Number of pages15
JournalInternational Journal of Manufacturing Technology and Management
Issue number1-7
Publication statusPublished - 2000


  • Advanced manufacturing technology
  • implementation
  • planning
  • UK

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