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Effects of the Managerial Factors on CAD/CAM Adoption in U.S. Textile and Apparel Industries

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He Yan

California State University at Long Beach, Long Beach, CA

Susan Fiorito

Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL

Paper No. IMECE2003-42784, pp. 5-9; 5 pages
  • ASME 2003 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
  • Textile Engineering
  • Washington, DC, USA, November 15–21, 2003
  • Conference Sponsors: Textile Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-3729-7 | eISBN: 0-7918-4663-6, 0-7918-4664-4, 0-7918-4665-2
  • Copyright © 2003 by ASME


The study examines the managerial determinants of the adoption of computer-aided design (CAD) and computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) in the U.S. textile and apparel industries. A variety of sources were used to develop the survey which was mailed to a national random sample of 500 textile and apparel manufacturers. The responses of 103 manufacturers from 30 different states were analyzed. Factor analysis was used to identify the dimensions of different kinds of information technology (IT) based knowledge. Hypotheses were tested with multiple regression analysis procedures. The product related IT knowledge of the CEOs/CIOs had a positive effect on CAD/CAM adoption. Generally CAD/CAM users had higher levels of IT vision than non-users.

Copyright © 2003 by ASME



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