Case | HBS Case Collection | March 1994 (Revised August 1997)

Raychem Corp.: Interconnection Systems Division

by Clayton M. Christensen

Abstract

Describes the highly successful efforts of a management team to turn around the performance of a $30 million Raychem division that manufactures electronic connectors. The original manufacturing system was a batch operation, with a broad product line, high inventories, and slow throughput time. Describes the process of converting the operation to a low-inventory, just-in-time plant, organized by manufacturing cells. Shows how it was done, and the impact it had on different categories of overhead cost.

Keywords: Cost Management; Time Management; Production; Organizational Change and Adaptation; Success; Performance; Strategy; Competitive Strategy; Electronics Industry;

Citation:

Christensen, Clayton M. "Raychem Corp.: Interconnection Systems Division." Harvard Business School Case 694-063, March 1994. (Revised August 1997.)