Productivity for Competitiveness
B company had a few opportunities to get outside management consultants support more than 20 years. But top management had discouraged such support because they thought there was no concrete effect for improving company’s financial situation.
Then after the company met a case of MDC contribution for a company revolution, a project team was organized for implementing MDC, performance control and measuring productivity system to five factories. The project was full time for the team of 30 engineers. It lasted about 5 years for five plants.
The results were carried on a newspaper. The news story was that B company has reduced the number of employees by 1,000 workers within three years, as result of MDC activities. It meant reducing the number of manufacturing employee from 5,000 to 4,000. The reduction results were as follows: 200 employees on retirement, 800 were employed by affiliated companies or transferred for outsourcing work.
The project activity results were not only successful for the company’s productivity enhancing but also for the company’s position on measuring productivity among other competitors. The company has always been behind others but it has reached the top level.
The record was an impressive story as following figure:
What business expectations should be deployed to teams and individuals to ensure real competitiveness through productivity?
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