Vol. 2, Issue 10 (2015)
Human Factors as Determinants of AMT Adoptions in Structure of a Manufacturing Company
Author(s): George M. Nyori, Martin Ogutu
Abstract: The study used the contingency theory to study the effects of human factors on the relationship between Advanced Manufacturing Technology (AMT) adoption and organization structure. When empirically tested, the research findings present the interrelationships among the main effects (AMT index and human factors) and the interactions (AMT index * human factor index). The study revealed that there is a linear dependence of organizational index from the interaction index. This implies that changes in human factors positively and significantly affect AMT adoption and organizational structure relationship. The study confirms that it is essential for a company to match their technology investment and its integration with its human factors in order to achieve the intended manufacturing performance. The degree of fit between AMT index and organizational index was found to increase as human index increased. The findings of this study reiterate the importance and the need for proactive planning to facilitate changes in the organizational structure.