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Mathematical Problems in Engineering
Volume 2012, Article ID 731092, 23 pages
Research Article

Statistical Analyses and Modeling of the Implementation of Agile Manufacturing Tactics in Industrial Firms

1Industrial Engineering Department, The University of Jordan, Amman 11942, Jordan
2Department of Mechanical Engineering, Jordan University of Science and Technology, Irbid 22110, Jordan

Received 5 January 2012; Revised 22 April 2012; Accepted 4 June 2012

Academic Editor: Sri Sridharan

Copyright © 2012 Mohammad D. AL-Tahat and Khaled M. Bataineh. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


This paper provides a review and introduction on agile manufacturing. Tactics of agile manufacturing are mapped into different production areas (eight-construct latent): manufacturing equipment and technology, processes technology and know-how, quality and productivity improvement, production planning and control, shop floor management, product design and development, supplier relationship management, and customer relationship management. The implementation level of agile manufacturing tactics is investigated in each area. A structural equation model is proposed. Hypotheses are formulated. Feedback from 456 firms is collected using five-point-Likert-scale questionnaire. Statistical analysis is carried out using IBM SPSS and AMOS. Multicollinearity, content validity, consistency, construct validity, ANOVA analysis, and relationships between agile components are tested. The results of this study prove that the agile manufacturing tactics have positive effect on the overall agility level. This conclusion can be used by manufacturing firms to manage challenges when trying to be agile.