Lean production systems in regions: Conceptual and measurement requirements

Edward M. Bergman, Edward J. Feser, Alexander Kaufmann

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Abstract

Through the increased frequency of modernization and performance benchmarking surveys by development agencies, university researchers, and industry associations, the volume of data on technology adoption trends in manufacturing has increased dramatically. With the growth of data has come an increase in the number of studies that examine regional influences on enterprise-level technology adoption behavior. Unfortunately, most of these studies select either single indicator technologies (e.g., computer numerically controlled machines) or relatively crude summary measures of multiple technologies for use in diffusion models, even though firms typically utilize production technologies in complicated bundles. This paper describes ways of more fully utilizing frequently available but usually unexploited data on multiple technology use by examining rates of joint technology adoption and utilization among enterprises. We also develop alternative prospective indexes of current technology use that might be used as dependent variables in micro-level studies of technology adoption and its regional determinants. In effect, we explore the derivation of measures of process technology sophistication that take better account of the complexity of what may be described as the 'technology portfolios' assembled by manufacturing enterprises.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)389-423
Number of pages35
JournalAnnals of Regional Science
Volume33
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 1 1999

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Science(all)
  • Social Sciences(all)

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