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Information architecture for effective Workload Control: an insight from a successful implementation

Information architecture for effective Workload Control: an insight from a successful implementation
Information architecture for effective Workload Control: an insight from a successful implementation
The implementation of Workload Control (WLC), a Production Planning and Control concept uniquely designed for Make-To-Order companies, has been a constant challenge. Scholars argued that WLC is largely developed through simulations of well-defined environments while much more complex circumstances (e.g. information availability) have emerged in field research. A recent trend of WLC research is to improve the practical applicability of the concept, where empirical evidence is essential. However, success in WLC implementation remains impeded. The availability of data has been a significant area that frustrates the implementation process. While there is a tendency to simplify data requirements in recent WLC theory development, it is important to understand and maintain the information that is essential for the concept to be effective. For the first time in the field, this paper details the information architecture for WLC. Key informational entities of relevance to the input/output control functions in WLC as well as performance measurement are discussed based on evidence from a successful implementation. The paper not only sheds light for practitioners on how to construct an information system that facilitates successful WLC implementation but also has implications for future development of WLC mechanisms coping with information uncertainties in practice.
0953-7287
351-366
Huang, Yuan
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Huang, Yuan
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Huang, Yuan (2017) Information architecture for effective Workload Control: an insight from a successful implementation. Production Planning & Control, 28 (5), 351-366. (doi:10.1080/09537287.2017.1288278).

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The implementation of Workload Control (WLC), a Production Planning and Control concept uniquely designed for Make-To-Order companies, has been a constant challenge. Scholars argued that WLC is largely developed through simulations of well-defined environments while much more complex circumstances (e.g. information availability) have emerged in field research. A recent trend of WLC research is to improve the practical applicability of the concept, where empirical evidence is essential. However, success in WLC implementation remains impeded. The availability of data has been a significant area that frustrates the implementation process. While there is a tendency to simplify data requirements in recent WLC theory development, it is important to understand and maintain the information that is essential for the concept to be effective. For the first time in the field, this paper details the information architecture for WLC. Key informational entities of relevance to the input/output control functions in WLC as well as performance measurement are discussed based on evidence from a successful implementation. The paper not only sheds light for practitioners on how to construct an information system that facilitates successful WLC implementation but also has implications for future development of WLC mechanisms coping with information uncertainties in practice.

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Accepted/In Press date: 23 January 2017
e-pub ahead of print date: 7 February 2017
Organisations: Decision Analytics & Risk, Southampton Business School

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Local EPrints ID: 405714
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/405714
ISSN: 0953-7287
PURE UUID: 4386cea0-1966-4cad-96b6-52e3e61eb45f
ORCID for Yuan Huang: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-9994-4233

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Date deposited: 18 Feb 2017 00:22
Last modified: 29 Aug 2019 05:06

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