The success of FM investments: Case studies from small industrial economies

Mieskonen, J. (1991). The success of FM investments: Case studies from small industrial economies. International Journal of Technology Management 6 (4) 277-292. 10.1504/IJTM.1991.025889.

Full text not available from this repository.


This paper presents the results of an international case study of the adoption, and reasons for the adoption, of FM systems. The aim of the research was to increase understanding of the cost–benefit structure of FM technology, and the most important driving forces behind the diffusion of computerized production technology in various countries. These efforts were to clarify the real flexibility of integrated machining systems. Production flexibility was considered broadly and defined to sub–flexibilities for a better understanding of the research subject. The problem of getting information of the real production flexibility, and potential flexibility for the future were tackled by direct interviews. The data has been gathered by using questionnaires and personal interviews. Our questionnaire data bank consists of 40 cases from eight countries. The systems have been analysed by roughly 300 features from technical, managerial, financial, operational and organisational points of view. Additionally a large FMS data bank (which consists of app. 800 cases from 28 countries and uses 20 indicators) was used for reference material. Funds provided by the Technology Development Centre of Finland made it possible for me to complete this work.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: computer–integrated manufacturing, CIM, Finnish national TES programme, flexible manufacturing systems, FMS, technology–economy–society, flexibility, Finland
Research Programs: Computer Integrated Manufacturing (CIM)
Depositing User: Romeo Molina
Date Deposited: 27 Apr 2016 12:07
Last Modified: 27 Aug 2021 17:40

Actions (login required)

View Item View Item