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US Competitiveness in Manufacturing

Robert U. Ayres
Managerial and Decision Economics
Vol. 10, Special Issue: Competitiveness, Technology and Productivity (Spring, 1989), pp. 3-12
Published by: Wiley
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2487205
Page Count: 10
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US Competitiveness in Manufacturing
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Abstract

This paper reviews the `competitiveness' debate from several points of view and then focuses attention on the longer-term prospects for US manufacturers. It concludes that, because US firms have had an earlier start in learning to use computers, leading-edge US firms are well situated to lead the way to fully computerized automation or `computer-integrated manufacturing'. The current evidence is mixed but not inconsistent with the possibility that US-based manufacturers will be able to regain some lost ground in the next decade.

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