Engineering Firms: A Survey of Factors Affecting their Growth and Performance
This business and management survey provides a concise comprehensive account of business-economic and other factors affecting the growth & performance of engineering firms. It covers a wide range of companies and firm types - in all the main engineering sectors - in Britain, the United States, Continental Europe, and Japan. It also combines the findings of original field research with an extensive review of the key business managerial and economic literature on the subject. The study is intended for senior managers in engineering firms, production management consultants, business school academics, and investment analysts and others with an interest in production engineering/manufacturing.
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