The Global Manufacturing Research Group (GMRG) is a multi-national
community of researchers dedicated to the study and improvement of manufacturing practices
world-wide. Through systematic study and research throughout the world, the GMRG aims to
improve manufacturing practice through the development of theory and dissemination of
results. By sharing ideas, results, and concepts with research colleagues and
manufacturing executives around the globe, the GMRG serves to strengthen the linkage
between research and practice.
GMRG Meeting at Katowice, Poland: 1997
Front row: Lawrie Corbett (New Zealand), Sukran Kadispasaoglu , Danuta
Kisperska-Moron (Poland), Clay Whybark (USA)
Second Row: Nancy Hyer (USA), Ung-Mok Yu (Korea), Boo Ho Rho (Korea),
Hyo-Joo Yoh(Korea), Neva Whybark (USA), Basheer Khumawala (USA), Arturo Macias (Mexico),
Third Row: Benito Flores (USA), Karen Brown (USA), Robert Klassen
(Canada), Avraham Shtub (Israel), Jack Wacker (USA), Danny Samson (Australia)
Fourth Row: Kitty Flores(USA), Lisa Roberts (Wales), Richard Kunc (UK),
Kwang-Tae Park (Korea), R. Nat Natarajan (USA), Boguslaw Kapcia (Poland), Attillia Chikan
Upper Row: Piotr Hanus (Poland), Roger Wynne (UK), Marek Kasparek
News From The Director
Sadly, I have learned that our Japanese colleague, Toshihiro Murokoshi
suffered a stroke and has been out of the office for some time. He is on the mend, but not
yet back at Waseda University. We all wish him a speedy and full recovery!
I'm really looking forward to our workshop this summer. It will be in
Hong Kong and W.B. Lee will be our host. He has told me of some of the arrangements he is
making for us and it sounds super. This will be a wonderful opportunity for us to witness
first hand any changes that have taken place since the reversion to Chinese sovereignty.
Karen Brown and Nancy Lea Hyer are helping on the details of the program. We have
scheduled our workshop between the Seoul Pan Pacific and the Asia Pacific DSI Taiwan
meetings. More details are found later in this issue of the newsletter.
Danuta Kisperska-Moron faced some real problems because of the
devastating floods that occurred just after our very successful meeting in Katowice,
Poland. She was out of the communication loop for a while but is now back on line. She
tells me that the proceedings for the meeting are now being prepared. The minutes from
that meeting are also found in this issue. Many of you have asked also about the
proceedings for the Cranfield meeting. Linda Sprague says that she now has all the
manuscripts for that publication as well.
The work on preparing the database for distribution to the people who
gathered data is still going on. Jeff Stratman, whom many of you met in San Diego, has
been working on the details of the task. Our objective is to have everything ready in the
early part of 1998 in a format similar to what was used for the first round. We are still
debating the specific formats, but may end up using a couple of them. Reconciling
different versions of the data from a single country, making sure the data entry
conventions correspond to the intentions of the data coding program and verifying some of
the details has taken a great deal of time.
Revision of the questionnaire is also still underway. The efforts at
the moment are to make the current version more user and researcher friendly. The
intention is to continue to support the original objective of primarily assessing the
status of manufacturing practices.
The other objectives that have been requested are all valid but too
numerous to include in one instrument. We will need different versions to pursue these
other objectives. The revisions should also be completed early in the year.
Several other initiatives are underway and many new concepts being
considered. There is a special issue on empirical research approved for the Journal of
Operations Management. Basheer Khumawala will be the editor (see the call in this issue).
Discussions are underway to collaborate with some of our Indian colleagues on the
development of some teaching material. In line with the objectives of aligning with an
organization that would be interested in our global reach, see the December 1, 1997 issue
of Industry Week. They have a survey much like ours, but for the US. There is much
happening and much to discuss in Hong Kong. See you there. Clay
The Global Gazette
Vol. 4., No. 1.
The Global Gazette is the Official Newsletter of The Global
Manufacturing Research Group.
Global Manufacturing Research Center
Kenan-Flagler Business School
The University of North Carolina
Chapel Hill, NC. USA 27599-3490
Professor D. Clay Whybark, Director
Professor John G. Wacker, Newsletter Editor
The 1997 GMRG Meeting in Katowice, Poland: What a Terrific Venue
The GMRG wishes to give a special thanks to all the wonderful people at
the Academy of Economics and in the Department of Business Logistics for their hospitality
that enable us to have a terrific meeting. We especially wish to thank Dr. Bogdan Kapcia,
Mr. Marek Kasperek, and Mr. Piotr Hanus for their special efforts and the time they spent
helping the details of the meeting. It was an outstanding meeting with cordial Polish
hospitality. We loved it. A sincere thank you to Danuta and our Polish hosts.
The Ninth Annual Workshop In Hong Kong, 1998: The dates June 4, 5 and 6
Historical and business background:
Hong Kong is known as the "Flowered Harbor". Hong Kong has
many important historical sites. Under the British rule for 99 years, last year it was
returned to China. The ambiance of Hong Kong cannot be matched anywhere in the world. It
is just a wonderful experince not to be missed in anyone's travels. In Hong Kong, most
neighborhoods are connected by the Metropolitan Transit Railway (MTR) or the
Kowloon-Canton Railway (KCR). These transportion means use the railpass. Transportation is
relatively inexpensive by taxi. Tipping in Hong Kong is not usually done by percentage of
the bill, but rather, by leaving the change returned.
The agenda of the Hong Kong meeting is:
Arrival June 04 (Thursday) Opening and Presentation: Lunch and
Chinese style-Dinner at Hotel.
June 05 (Friday) The Morning session) Venue: Business and
Technology Centre, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (with computer facilities for
demonstration if needed). We will lunch at the Staff Club of University
The afternoon session- Factory/Enterprise Visit.
June 06(Saturday)- The morning session is at the Technical Meeting,
Venue: Business and Technology Centre. The afternoon session-Boat trip around Hong Kong
harbour and nearby offshore Island.Farewell dinner at City Centre. E-mail:MFWBLEE@smtpgwy.polyu.edu.hk
We need to get an approximate number of GMRGers that are attending.
Could you send us the following information to Jack Wacker:
1)Name 2)Address 3)Fax numbers 4) e-mail
address 5)Accompanying persons 6)Expected date of arrival and departure
to/from Hong Kong. 7) Are you submitting a paper?
Update on data collection
The GMRG is making revisions on the questionnaire that hopefully will
be completed by 1998. Jack Wacker has agreed to apply for a grant based on the new
questionnaire. This grant will, at first, have a narrow focus but will be expanded to more
participants as time proceeds.
News from the Katowice
1. Program organization: To help the host handle the job of
coordinating the annual workshop, it was suggested that independent persons (independent
from host) help the program organization. To this effect Nancy Hyer and Karen Brown
volunteered to organize the next meeting wherever it is held.
2. New member recruiting: It was suggested that the recruitment of
new members be done mainly by three members - Clay, Jack, and Attila, as they seem to have
the largest number of contacts. This does not preclude the recruiting by other members.
The rules for new membership have not changed and require the contribution of data.
Special attention would be placed on - Singapore, Malaysia, South Africa, Europe, Germany,
France, and Italy. The creation of a flyer was suggested and that perhaps Clay would give
it a try to develop such a write-up. It would describe the goals and mission of GMRG and
activities of the group. This would help the recruiting process.
3. Third round of the questioinnaire: Linda has volunteered to test
the third version of the instrument. This will be done in India in September (or/and
Taiwan?). The gathering of data would be done between June 1, 1998, and December 31, 1999.
This will allow for some flexibility. (Note: These deadlines were not achieved.)
4. Research Strategy: A final report of the second round was
suggested. It could contain descriptive statistics in the manner done by Linda for the New
Hampshire data. Volunteers are needed to put it together. Determine the content of the
report, bibliography, contact possible publisher, etc. (Note. It needs a coordinator and
5. Special Journal Issue. Basheer was asked (in absentia) to put
together another issue for a journal that can provide visibility for the GMRG group. The
only basic ideas mentioned are that it should be an European journal and that the timing
be such that it should be for it to be published in the year 2000. (see below)
6. International Case Book.
This should be a book similar to the one that Clay edited a few years
ago. Clay is going to check with some editorial houses about the possibility of doing it.
7. Listserve: It was suggested that a Listserver be created to make
more agile the communication between the GMRG members. (Note. There is a need for a
volunteer to do it.)
8. Website: A suggestion was made to create and keep updated a
Website. (Note. There is a need for a volunteer to do it.)
9. 1998 meeting: Note that Hong Kong and June 4, 5, and 6,
1998 are finalized
10. The practical side of manufacturing: Clay mentioned that plant
managers have expressed the desire to learn from other plant managers as to what is going
on in other plants. This suggests the creation of a newsletter. (Note. Is there a
volunteer out there?)
11 Need to complete the database:. To complete the database there
are still some holes. If you have notsent in all your data, PLEASE send it to Clay ASAP.
Boo-Ho Rho has been elected the president of the Korean
Production/Opreations Management Society for the year 1998, and Director of Sogang
Institute for Business Research from September 1997 for two year term. He is planning of
holding an international workshop for KPOMS in June with some of the Participants in
Pan-Pacific Conference in Seoul. As part of SIBR activities, Boo-Ho is exploring the
possibility of joint research with foreign universities and research organizations. He
would like to get assistence from GMRG members in this endeavor. Currently, he has a joint
research agreement with Clay's Global Manufacturing Research Center at UNC.
Following the GMRG meeting in Katowice, Poland, Karen Brown and Nancy
Lea Hyer traveled on to Berlin where they acquainted themselves with the pleasures of a
European City, imagined what apartment they would rent if they lived there, and visited
the Production Technology Center at the Technical University of Berlin. They will next
convene at the bottom of the Grand Canyon to discuss these research projects.
Norman Faull is the Co-program Chair (with Marty Starr) of the POMS
Cape Town conference in June/July this year.
Avy Shtub the educational software simulation package presented in the
meeting in Poland is the basis of my new book that was published in December. This book
(in Hebrew) presents a new approach for teaching Operations. Based on the feedback that he
will get from the Israeli schools adopting this book and eight GMRG members serving as
Beta sites for the approach and the software he is planning to write the English version
of this new book.
Danny Samson has resigned from Melbourne Business School and will be
taking up a new Chair of Management in the newly created Department of Management, within
the University of Melbourne.
There are numerous articles that have been accepted for publication in
the top journals in the production/operations management.
Special Issue of International Journal of Production Economics on
Basheer Khumawala is the editor for a special issue of International
Journal of Production Economics on Managing Global Manufacturing Firms: Empirical
Studies of Strategy, Operations, and Performance. Get your manuscripts in to Basheer.
Have news, let us know
E-mail: Jack Whacker
If we examine the minutes of the Katowice meeting, it is apparent that
we need many volunteers for activities. Currently, only several members are doing too much
of the many activities. Please volunteer to undertake at least one of the above
activities. We need your help.