Investigative framework for research into the design of manufacturing processes

P.L. Forrester, J.S. Hassard, D.J. Bennett

Research output: Chapter in Book/Published conference outputConference publication


This paper is based a major research project run by a team from the
Innovation, Design and Operations Management Research Unit at the Aston
Business School under SERC funding. International Computers Limited
(!CL), the UK's largest indigenous manufacturer of mainframe computer
products, was the main industrial collaborator in the research. During the
period 1985-89 an integrated production system termed the "Modular
Assembly Cascade'' was introduced to the Company's mainframe assembly
plant at Ashton-under-Lyne near Manchester. Using a methodology
primarily based upon 'participative observation', the researchers developed a
model for analysing this manufacturing system design called "DRAMA".
Following a critique of the existing literature on Manufacturing Strategy, this
paper will describe the basic DRAMA model and its development from an
industry specific design methodology to DRAMA II, a generic model for
studying organizational decision processes in the design and implementation
of production systems. From this, the potential contribution of the DRAMA
model to the existing knowledge on the process of manufacturing system
design will be apparent.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdvances in manufacturing technology V
Subtitle of host publicationproceedings of sixth national conference on production research
EditorsAllan Carrie, Ian Simpson
Place of PublicationGlasgow (UK)
PublisherUniversity of Strathclyde
Number of pages5
Publication statusPublished - 1990
Event6th National Conference on Production Research - Glasgow, United Kingdom
Duration: 1 Sept 1990 → …


Conference6th National Conference on Production Research
Abbreviated titleNCPR 1990
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
Period1/09/90 → …


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