Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Community Planning

First Advisor

Marshall M. A. Feldman


This master’s research project is a basic study of flexibility in the U.S. medical instruments and supply industry.

Chapter 1 reviews the 1iterature on the debate over flexibility and its relevance to the medical instruments and supply industry.

Chapter 2 briefly introduces the methodology used in this research.

Chapter 3 reviews factors influencing the development of the industry.

Chapter 4 profiles the medical supply industry in the US today.

Chapter 5 analyzes flexibility in the industry by applying the methodology discussed in Chapter 2.

Chapter 6 discusses policy implications.