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dc.contributor.advisorThomas W. Eagar.en_US
dc.contributor.authorNystrom, Jeffrey D. (Jeffrey David), 1970-en_US
dc.contributor.otherMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Materials Science and Engineering.en_US
dc.date.accessioned2005-08-22T20:43:35Z
dc.date.available2005-08-22T20:43:35Z
dc.date.issued1999en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1721.1/9378
dc.descriptionThesis (Sc.D.)--Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dept. of Materials Science and Engineering, 1999.en_US
dc.description"February 2000."en_US
dc.descriptionIncludes bibliographical references (p. 113-116).en_US
dc.description.abstractTwo surveys are performed to determine production methods, competitive strategies, and scale disadvantages for a group of small manufacturing plants. Detailed comparisons of economic, operational, and development activities are presented to identify differences between industry production standards and small-scale plants. As a group, the small-scale plants had similar production costs to the standard-scale plants. The small-scale plants experienced lower average unit fixed costs as a result of lower capital investment and indirect labor expenses. The small-scale plants operated closer to their theoretical efficiency levels than the standard-scale plants. The procedure used to collect and analyze data is referred to as the direct comparison method. The direct comparison method involves conducting detailed one-to-one comparisons of production systems at the plant-level. A pattern of operational trends are reported that contribute to the economic performance of small-scale plants. The small-scale plants compensated for scale disadvantages by having greater technology independence, conserving capital, conducting internal development, and promoting process competence.en_US
dc.description.statementofresponsibilityby Jeffrey D. Nystrom.en_US
dc.format.extent116 p.en_US
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dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdf
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dc.language.isoengen_US
dc.publisherMassachusetts Institute of Technologyen_US
dc.rightsM.I.T. theses are protected by copyright. They may be viewed from this source for any purpose, but reproduction or distribution in any format is prohibited without written permission. See provided URL for inquiries about permission.en_US
dc.rights.urihttp://dspace.mit.edu/handle/1721.1/7582
dc.subjectMaterials Science and Engineering.en_US
dc.titleImpact of scale on performance and technology in process-intensive industryen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.description.degreeSc.D.en_US
dc.contributor.departmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Materials Science and Engineering.en_US
dc.identifier.oclc44869624en_US


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