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IDENTIFY AND RANKING OBSTACLES OF WORLD CLASS MANUFACTURING IMPLEMENTING BY THE FUZZY ANALYTIC HIERARCHY PROCESS
Today with increase competition among manufacturing companies of the world, it is necessary that Iranian companies have an outstanding presence in the global markets and produce their productions at the global levelÂ‚ but they are exposed to a lot of obstacles for World Class Manufacturing implementing. Therefore, this study has tried to identify and ranking the different obstacles for implementing of world class manufacturing system in Iranian manufacturing companies using fuzzy Analytical Hierarchy Process (FAHP). In this studyÂ‚ first the obstacles to implementation of WCM system were recognized by library studies and some questionnaires and interviewing experts, then Hierarchical decision tree was designed. The second questionnaire, which consists of fuzzy decision matrix, was then distributed among 12 experts in Appliance industry. Then in order to ranking the criteria, gathered information were analyzed through fuzzy Analytical Hierarchy Process. The results show that management, manpower, technology and organizational culture are respectively the most important factors and are the main obstacles in the implementation of manufacturing systems at the global level in Iranian companies.