Reconfigurable manufacturing system and the need for new Taylorism


  • Aleksandar Vuković
  • Milan Ikonić
  • Sandro Doboviček


The concept of manufacturing is much broader today than it was 10 years ago. Industrial enterprises base their competitiveness on creativity and innovation as well as agility of manufacturing capacity. Industrial enterprises plan, create, innovate and manage the product lifecycle, supply chain, manufacturing processes and other aspects of business concurrently (simultaneously). Shortening of the product life cycle is continuing while the diversity of product range is increasing, thereby giving a new dimension to the concept of product mass customization. Manufacturing systems introduce new technological solutions in response to sudden changes in the environment and they often do not take into account the socio-technical aspect of their introduction. The effectiveness of the production system depends on the effectiveness of socio-technical system. In this paper, the approach for management and organization of socio-technical systems within reconfigurable manufacturing systems, which represents a key technology for future development of manufacturing, is presented and is based on the Taylor’s principles of management.

Author Biographies

Aleksandar Vuković

Ship Technology Offshore, Rolls-Royce Marine AS

Milan Ikonić

Faculty of engineering, University of Rijeka, Rijeka, Croatia

Sandro Doboviček

Faculty of engineering, University of Rijeka, Rijeka, Croatia