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Managing ProductionEngineering Change and Stability$
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Graham M. Winch

Print publication date: 1994

Print ISBN-13: 9780198288411

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198288411.001.0001

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The Content of Change: the Case of CAD/CAM

The Content of Change: the Case of CAD/CAM

(p.113) 9 The Content of Change: the Case of CAD/CAM
Managing Production

Graham M. Winch

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses one particular advanced production method (APM) that is implemented across the engineering/manufacturing interface — CAD/CAM. It reviews the various ways in which ‘technology’ has been conceptualized and deployed in organizational analysis and thereby explores the content of change. It advocates the utility of the distinction between a technology and its configuration in a particular context, and then goes on to discuss the distinctive character of CAD/CAM as an integrating technology that distinguishes it from many other APM and shows the way in which it forms a crucial stepping stone on the road to computer integrated manufacture (CIM). Finally the chapter reviews the development and present state of the art of CAD/CAM, indicating the ways in which changes in computer hardware over the last ten years have radically altered its potential, and reports its diffusion through the case survey companies.

Keywords:   advanced production methods, CAD/CAM, computer integrated manufacture, engineering/manufacturing interface, organizational analysis

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