This paper presents the results of a study conducted to identify the most common manufacturing management strategies/practices adopted by Australian companies and to identify those strategies/practices that provide the greatest contribution to performance. The data for this study were collected by means of a postal questionnaire survey. The findings from the Australian study are compared with the results obtained from a Canadian study that used the same survey instrument. Based on 22 performance measures, the `Most Successful' and the `Least Successful' companies are identified and the major differences between the Most Successful and the Least Successful groups are discussed.
- manufacturing competitiveness
- manufacturing practices