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Bimodal Is Essential for Balancing Innovation and Capability in Manufacturing Operations

Published: 11 March 2016

ID: G00277995

Analyst(s): Dana Stiffler , Simon Jacobson


Companies are pressured to manage two distinct approaches to manufacturing strategy: providing reliable, high-performance output and promoting innovations that support the factory of the future. This research helps manufacturing strategy and COE leaders develop bimodal capability to maximize value.

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Impacts and Recommendations

  • Bimodal creates opportunity for manufacturers to explore and nurture new manufacturing models only available in the digital world
  • Mode 2 requires manufacturers to develop different ROI models than Mode 1 initiatives
  • Operationalizing Mode 2 successes into Mode 1 will be a challenge for manufacturers with legacy, risk-averse cultures

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