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This research was conducted to investigate the characteristics of motion and time study implementation in Taiwan's electronics industry, as perceived by industrial engineers, and the relationships of these perceptions to business sizes of the firms. The questionnaires were mailed to 252 industrial engineers in the general firms group. A total of 206 (81.75%) instruments were returned. The questionnaires were then mailed to another 15 industrial engineers in the highly productive firms group. All the instruments (100%) were returned from the highly productive firm group. Telephone interviews were later conducted with six selected highly productive electronics firms to investigate their successful implementation of motion and time study. The Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS) computer program was used to perform the statistical analysis. Statistical analysis involved frequencies, crosstabs, chi-square analysis, and Spearman's rank correlation coefficients.

he major findings drawn from the analysis of data was that motion and time study practices were different by business size in Taiwan's electronics industry regarding usage of time standards, application of time standards on indirect personnel and problems with conducting motion and time study. In addition, motion and time study training practices in Taiwan's electronics industry were also different by business size regarding current practices and perceived ideal practices.

Business size was found to have positive correlations related to: (a) the use of work measurement techniques such as MTM-1, MTM-2, and computerized work measurement systems; (b) the application of time standards on department functions such as cost estimation and cost accounting; as well as (c) person-hours involved conducting motion and time study. Negative correlation, however, was found between business size and the application of time standards on production planning/scheduling. Concerning the differences in motion and time study practices and related training practices in highly productive electronics firms compared with other electronics firms, highly productive firms tended to use time standards more often than general electronics firms in the manufacturing process area. Chi-square values revealed no significant differences regarding all the other implementation characteristics used in this study.

Major recommendations of this study were: (a) motion and time study related training programs of various types, content and length of time should be provided to meet the demands of motion and time study personnel in Taiwan's electronics industry, and (b) the concept of applying time standards to various company departments and functions should be disseminated in order to promote the implementation of motion and time study.

Year of Submission

1994

Degree Name

Doctor of Technology

Department

Department of Industrial Technology

Date Original

1994

Object Description

1 PDF file (VI, 192 pages)

Language

EN

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application/pdf

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