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Management of uncertainty through postponement

Yang, B., Burns, N.D. and Backhouse, C.J. (2004) Management of uncertainty through postponement. International Journal of Production Research, 42 (6). pp. 1049-1064. ISSN 0020-7543

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It has long been recognized that one of the most important tasks for any organization to cope with is uncertainties. However, uncertainty in the business environment has still been the main cause of failure in industry. The paper investigates the role of postponement in the management of uncertainty. The concept of postponement is developed to include product development postponement, purchasing postponement, production postponement and logistics postponement. These postponement strategies are all presented to cope with different levels of uncertainty. Finally, conclusions are drawn and some remarks about further research are made.

Item Type: Article
Institution: The University of York
Academic Units: The University of York > The York Management School
Depositing User: York RAE Import
Date Deposited: 08 May 2009 15:48
Last Modified: 08 May 2009 15:48
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00207540310001631601
Status: Published
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Identification Number: 10.1080/00207540310001631601
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/6434

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