|Manufacturing planning and control (MPC) systems, among a number of sub-systems
in an organisation, are the pivotal infrastructures that support the' organisation’s
strategy in order to create competitive advantage in the market place. It provides
information to efficiently manage the flow of materials, effectively utilize people and
equipment, coordinate internal activities with those of suppliers and communicate
with customers about market requirements.
Several studies emphasized the need for alignment between the manufacturing
planning and control methods and the manufacturing environment, in order to
improve companies’ performance. Matching the MPC systems dimensions with the
manufacturing environment is problematic.
Throughout the literature there is a lack of empirical- studies that match specific
manufacturing environment and planning methods. This thesis provides a practical
knowledge investigating the MPC system used within the Irish engineering sector and
examines the effect on performance, of linking those systems to' the business
environment. The underlying hypothesis is that good performance is the result of
matching the MPC system with the manufacturing environment and good use of the
MPC system employed. A conceptual framework, based on the literature review has
been developed. Further it examines how the use of those systems influences the
companies’ performance. The thesis concludes that the performance of Irish
companies improves when they can match the MPC system with the manufacturing
environment and they use it efficiently.