“If you ask a physicist about inertia, you will learn that it’s the tendency of matter to remain either at rest or in uniform motion unless acted upon by an external force. It’s the reason a loaded shopping cart is difficult to get moving – and then even more difficult to stop, let alone turn. Those of us who reside in the world of enterprise resource planning (ERP) implementations know inertia can apply to a host of things – and it can make them just as challenging to start, stop, or change.”– Craig Schrotter, CPIM (APICS Certified) & Senior Applications Engineer for ProfitKey
This excerpt is from the article “A Breakaway from the Routine – Escaping the trap of procedural inertia” and can be found in the July/August publication of APICS magazine. The article is an abbreviated version of a white paper produced by Mr. Schrotter, of a similar title, and focuses on the struggles many manufacturing companies face when attempting to make changes within an organization and the resistance that often follows.
As a follow-up to the article, visit APICS.org/extra to register for a free webinar presentation that will look to provide a deeper insight into this discussion.
In this APICS Extra Live, you will learn how to
- clarify the difference between simple resistance to change and true procedural inertia
- avoid the phenomenon of procedure saturation and the resulting cap on business growth
- successfully overcome procedural inertia.