The Evolutionary Trends of POM Research in Manufacturing

Authored by: Tinglong Dai , Sridhar Tayur

The Routledge Companion to Production and Operations Management

Print publication date:  March  2017
Online publication date:  March  2017

Print ISBN: 9781138919594
eBook ISBN: 9781315687803
Adobe ISBN: 9781317419242

10.4324/9781315687803.ch35

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Abstract

What are we talking about when we speak of “manufacturing”? The U.S. Census Bureau defines the manufacturing sector as the collection of “establishments engaged in the mechanical, physical, or chemical transformation of materials, substances, or components into new products,” which does not seem satisfying to readers who wonder, “What exactly is the purpose of manufacturing?”

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