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A socio-technical approach for the design of a production control system : towards controllable production units

  • Slomp, Jannes
  • Ruël, Gwenny C.

    (Groningen University)

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    In the design of a production control system much attention is usually paid to technicalaspects, whereas the elaboration upon social aspects remain underexposed. SociotechnicalSystems Theory (SST) emphasizes the importance of finding a joint optimization between the technical and the social systems of an organization. This paper investigates to what extent STS-principles can be applied in the design of a production control system. Part of the paper is devoted to the integration of STS-principles in a bottom-up design methodology for a production control system. A case study demonstrates the usefulness of such an integration in the design and allocation of production control tasks and responsibilities among the various departments /people of the firm.

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    Paper provided by University of Groningen, Research Institute SOM (Systems, Organisations and Management) in its series Research Report with number 00A09.

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    Date of creation: 2000
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    Handle: RePEc:dgr:rugsom:00a09
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