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Necessity for Change in Organizational Structure in Industry and Ways to the "Fractal Company"

: Sihn, W.

Sullivan, W.G.; Ahmad, M.M.:
Flexible Automation and Integrated Manufacturing 1994. Proceedings of the Fourth International FAIM Conference
New York/N.Y.: Begell House, 1994
ISBN: 1-56700-018-5
International Conference on Flexible Automation and Integrated Manufacturing (FAIM) <4, 1994, Blacksburg/Va.>
Conference Paper
Fraunhofer IPA ()
Arbeitsplanung; Automobilindustrie; Fraktale Fabrik; Produktionsfaktor; Unternehmensorganisation; Unternehmensplanung

Many branches of European industry have had to recognize that their lead in the world market has been caught up with, particularly through Asian competition. In many cases a deficit of up to 30% in costs and productivity already exists. The reasons for this are rigid, Tayloristic company structures. They are not in a position to react flexibly to constantly changing environmental conditions. This article illustrates the methods of the "fractal company" which are necessary to eliminate the structure crisis. The fractal company distinguishes itself through its dynamics and vitality, as well as its independent reaction to the changing circumstances. The developed methods, procedures and framework conditions such as company structuring, human networking, hierarchy formation and models for renumeration and working time are explained. They are based on practical examples from IPA's work with the automobile industry, their suppliers and the engineering industry.