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An approach to optimize manufacturing productivity: A pilot study on labor intensive industries

M. I., Shahidul and S. T., Syed Shazali and M.J.S., Hashimi (2010) An approach to optimize manufacturing productivity: A pilot study on labor intensive industries. In: 2nd International Conference on Technology and Operations Management (ICTOM), 5 - 7 July 2010 , Bayview Hotel, Langkawi. (Unpublished)

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A pilot study was conducted on labor intensive industries to measure the impact of intangible resource inputs on manufacturing productivity. Three intangible resource inputs, degree of skills of labor, favorable working environment, R & D knowledge, were used to measure the impact on productivity. Firm’s data of business operations of sample manufacturing industries, have been used for analysis.Study showed, a positive but weak correlation (r<0.5) exists between the inputs of basic skills and productivity, a positive but moderate correlation(r>0.5) exists between inputs of upgraded working environment and productivity.A strong and positive correlation is found (r>0.7) between R & D based inputs and productivity. Additionally, the productivity gain ratio was found significantly good (rp >1.3) for R & D base inputs. Study concludes, expenditure on manufacturing R & D is essentially important to generate knowledge as higher value added input to have higher productivity.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Additional Information: Organized by UUM College of Business, Universiti Utara Malaysia
Uncontrolled Keywords: Manufacturing productivity; R & D capability; skills; working environment
Subjects: T Technology > TS Manufactures
Divisions: Othman Yeop Abdullah Graduate School of Business
Depositing User: Mrs. Norazmilah Yaakub
Date Deposited: 26 Dec 2011 02:20
Last Modified: 25 Apr 2016 03:32
URI: http://repo.uum.edu.my/id/eprint/4088

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