Materials requirements planning: an organizational perspective
Braman, Frederick A.
Sagehorn, Robert W.
Butler, Phillip Neal
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This thesis was an investigation of the organizational impacts of materials requirements planning (MRP) on using companies Five industrial facilities were visited initially and three location were selected for follow-on study. Data were collected through interviews with personnel engaged in material management and production activities. Five hypotheses were identified and evaluated. Hypotheses addresses the following areas: organizational structure, work content, departmental interdependence, informal systems and employee displacement. The investigation reveals that MRP produces significant effects on all areas studied except informal systems. Recorded effects of MRP on informal systems were inconclusive, and that hypothesis was not evaluated. The majority of recorded effects were a result of MRP requirements for computer processing of information, increased record accuracy and integration of functional areas. Frameworks for follow-on studies were suggested.
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