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The Fractal Company: A Practical Approach to Agility in Manufacturing

: Sihn, W.

Monostori, L.; Warnecke, H.-J. ; International Institution for Production Engineering Research -CIRP-, Paris; Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Computer and Automation Research Institute; Univ. Budapest:
The Second World Congress on Intelligent Manufacturing Processes & Systems 1997. Proceedings
Budapest, 1997
World Congress on Intelligent Manufacturing Processes & Systems <2, 1997, Budapest>
Fraunhofer IPA ()
fraktales Unternehmen; Unternehmen; Unternehmensorganisation

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% already exists. The reasons are rigid, Tayloristic company structures. The companies are not in a position to react flexibly to constantly changing environmental conditions. This article illustrates the methods of the "fractal company" through its dynamics and its vitality, as well as its independent reaction to the changing company structuring, human networking, hierarchy formation and models for remuneration 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.