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Bruch, J., Rösiö, C., Granlund, A. & Johansson, P. (2020). Managing the core plant role-key prerequisites from an operations perspective. International Journal of Manufacturing Research, 15(1), 90-106
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Managing the core plant role-key prerequisites from an operations perspective
2020 (English)In: International Journal of Manufacturing Research, ISSN 1750-0591, Vol. 15, no 1, p. 90-106Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

A core plant should be a centre of excellence, have a central role for knowledge creation, and ensure that the latest knowledge is diffused in the organisation's production network. Core plants can yield a range of benefits, such as increased resource efficiency and decreased costs in the production network. However, core plants face immense challenges in performing their roles, given the different interests of the different stakeholders that need to be satisfied. We use data gathered from an in-depth study of six core plants in Sweden to analyse the prerequisites. We conclude that the core plant prerequisites are influenced by human, organisational, and technological aspects, i.e., successful development of core plant capabilities can only be achieved if all the three components are considered together. Our findings are relevant to operation managers, plant managers, and others interested in developing and maintaining core plant excellence.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Inderscience Enterprises Ltd., 2020
Keywords
Capabilities, Dispersed manufacturing, Global manufacturing, Global operation network, International manufacturing network, International operation, International production, Lead factory, Managing core plants, Manufacturing industry, Master plant, Operations perspective, Plant role, Prerequisites, Managers, Global operations, International operations, Lead factories, Manufacturing industries, Manufacturing networks, Manufacture
National Category
Other Engineering and Technologies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-47386 (URN)10.1504/IJMR.2020.105502 (DOI)2-s2.0-85081285681 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2020-03-19 Created: 2020-03-19 Last updated: 2020-03-19Bibliographically approved
Flores-García, E., Bruch, J., Wiktorsson, M. & Jackson, M. (2020). What guides information consensus?: Approaching the reduction of equivocality in process innovations. International Journal of Manufacturing Research, 15(1), 73-89
Open this publication in new window or tab >>What guides information consensus?: Approaching the reduction of equivocality in process innovations
2020 (English)In: International Journal of Manufacturing Research, ISSN 1750-0591, Vol. 15, no 1, p. 73-89Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This study investigates the achievement of information consensus and the reduction of equivocality in process innovations. Drawing on the operations management literature, a new framework to guide information consensus in the reduction of equivocality in process innovations is proposed. The analysis is based on a real-time case study in the heavy vehicle industry. The results show that information consensus is not achieved by a single event, but active work towards this goal is necessary, and a clear set of pre-requisites is needed for achieving information consensus. The concepts of strategic objective, decision areas, and external and internal fit are identified as pre-requisites for achieving information consensus about the purpose, characteristics, and functionalities of process innovations.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Inderscience Enterprises Ltd., 2020
Keywords
Case study, Decision area, Equivocality, External fit, Internal fit, Process innovation, Production, Strategic objective, Uncertainty, Industrial research, Strategic objectives, Industrial engineering
National Category
Other Engineering and Technologies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-47389 (URN)10.1504/IJMR.2020.105488 (DOI)2-s2.0-85081399153 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2020-03-19 Created: 2020-03-19 Last updated: 2020-03-19Bibliographically approved
Johansson, B., Bärring, M., Flores-García, E., Bruch, J. & Wahlström, M. (2019). Challenges of data acquisition for simulation models of production systems in need of standards. In: Proceedings - Winter Simulation Conference: . Paper presented at 2018 Winter Simulation Conference, WSC 2018; The Swedish Exhibition and Congress Centre, Gothenburg; Sweden; 9 December 2018 through 12 December 2018 (pp. 691-702). Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
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2019 (English)In: Proceedings - Winter Simulation Conference, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc. , 2019, p. 691-702Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

In this paper, we analyze the challenges in data acquisition for simulation models of production systems based on two cases from the robotics and aerospace industries. Unlike prior research, we focus not only on the challenges of data acquisition but also on how these challenges affect decisions in production systems. We examine this linkage using the concepts of strategic objectives, decision areas, and internal fit from operations management literature. Empirical findings show that for data acquisition to lead to improved production system performance it is necessary to develop standards. Standards should consider ownership of data by different functions within a manufacturing company, alignment of data to performance measurements, and the connection between data, information, and production decisions. Using these concepts, this paper proposes a set of guidelines that facilitate the standardization of data acquisition for simulation models in production systems. We conclude by discussing the managerial implications of our findings. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc., 2019
National Category
Computer and Information Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-42945 (URN)10.1109/WSC.2018.8632463 (DOI)000461414100056 ()2-s2.0-85062603218 (Scopus ID)9781538665725 (ISBN)
Conference
2018 Winter Simulation Conference, WSC 2018; The Swedish Exhibition and Congress Centre, Gothenburg; Sweden; 9 December 2018 through 12 December 2018
Available from: 2019-03-22 Created: 2019-03-22 Last updated: 2019-06-04Bibliographically approved
Flores-García, E., Bruch, J., Wiktorsson, M. & Jackson, M. (2019). CHALLENGES OF DISCRETE EVENT SIMULATION IN THE EARLY STAGES OF PRODUCTION SYSTEM DESIGN. International journal of industrial engineering, 26(5), 819-834
Open this publication in new window or tab >>CHALLENGES OF DISCRETE EVENT SIMULATION IN THE EARLY STAGES OF PRODUCTION SYSTEM DESIGN
2019 (English)In: International journal of industrial engineering, ISSN 1072-4761, E-ISSN 1943-670X, Vol. 26, no 5, p. 819-834Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This study analyzes the challenges of applying discrete event simulation in the early stages of production system design. Highlighting the implications of new production processes and technologies leading to improved competitiveness, this study provides novel contributions to the understanding of discrete event simulation based on three case studies of the transformation of legacy production systems in the heavy vehicle industry. The findings of this study show that equivocal or ambiguous understanding about new production processes or technologies, and uncertainty about necessary data input and the interrelation of subsystems in production, are critical in addressing discrete event simulation-related challenges. These findings highlight the need for an established process to manage assumptions and simplifications during the design, development, and deployment of discrete event simulation models as a countermeasure against uncertainties, improving manufacturing system design and practice.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
UNIV CINCINNATI INDUSTRIAL ENGINEERING, 2019
Keywords
production system design, discrete event simulation, case study, innovation, uncertainty, equivocality
National Category
Human Computer Interaction
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-46345 (URN)000498192800010 ()
Available from: 2019-12-13 Created: 2019-12-13 Last updated: 2019-12-13Bibliographically approved
Badasjane, V., Bruch, J., Johansson, P. & Chirumalla, K. (2019). Critical interfaces for managing international manufacturing networks – A literature review. In: 26 th EurOMA Conference EurOMA: . Paper presented at 26 th EurOMA Conference EurOMA, 17 Jun 2019, Helsinki, Finland.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Critical interfaces for managing international manufacturing networks – A literature review
2019 (English)In: 26 th EurOMA Conference EurOMA, 2019Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
National Category
Engineering and Technology Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-43933 (URN)
Conference
26 th EurOMA Conference EurOMA, 17 Jun 2019, Helsinki, Finland
Projects
COPE: Core Plant Excellence
Available from: 2019-06-19 Created: 2019-06-19 Last updated: 2019-06-19Bibliographically approved
Johansson, P., Bruch, J., Badasjane, V., Granlund, A. & Rösiö, C. (2019). Exploring the integration process of new practices for knowledge sharing. In: 26 th EurOMA Conference EurOMA: . Paper presented at 26 th EurOMA Conference EurOMA, 17 Jun 2019, Helsinki, Finland.
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2019 (English)In: 26 th EurOMA Conference EurOMA, 2019Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The aim of this paper is to provide new perspectives on the implementation of new operations management practices by applying three different but interrelated frameworks: Human Interaction Dynamics, Normalization Process Theory, and Professional competence as ways of being. The empirical material in this paper is based on a case study within a global manufacturing company, and more specific the development and implementation of a new OM practice for knowledge sharing at one of the sites in Sweden. A mixed-method approach is used, and the empirical material is collected through analysis of a database, two group interviews, and a survey.

National Category
Engineering and Technology Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-43934 (URN)
Conference
26 th EurOMA Conference EurOMA, 17 Jun 2019, Helsinki, Finland
Projects
COPE: Core Plant Excellence
Available from: 2019-06-19 Created: 2019-06-19 Last updated: 2019-06-25Bibliographically approved
Granlund, A., Rosio, C., Bruch, J. & Johansson, P. (2019). Lead factory operationalisation and challenges. Production planning & control (Print), 30(2-3), 96-111
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Lead factory operationalisation and challenges
2019 (English)In: Production planning & control (Print), ISSN 0953-7287, E-ISSN 1366-5871, Vol. 30, no 2-3, p. 96-111Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This paper deepens the understanding of the lead factory concept by examining how the lead factory role is operationalised and what challenges are associated with it. The research is based on an explorative case study of eight Swedish lead factories in the manufacturing industry. The empirical findings suggest that the understanding of the lead factory concept should be extended as it is not restricted to one type of set-up. The findings show a spectrum ranging from an entire manufacturing plant, parts of a plant, to a virtual plant considered to be the lead factory. The research also shows a broad range of challenges experienced by lead factories. Several of these are related to and originate from unclear role, responsibility and mandate of the lead factory. The lack of dedicated resources for lead factory activities, specifically long-term development and difficulties in measuring the benefits of the role, were other challenges faced.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD, 2019
Keywords
Lead factory, plant roles, site characteristics, manufacturing networks, global operations management
National Category
Social Sciences Interdisciplinary Business Administration
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-43296 (URN)10.1080/09537287.2018.1534292 (DOI)000465008000002 ()2-s2.0-85064548687 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2019-05-02 Created: 2019-05-02 Last updated: 2019-06-25Bibliographically approved
Ahlskog, M., Bruch, J. & Jackson, M. (2019). The fuzzy front end of manufacturing technology development. International Journal of Manufacturing Technology and Management (IJMTM), 33(5), 285-302
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The fuzzy front end of manufacturing technology development
2019 (English)In: International Journal of Manufacturing Technology and Management (IJMTM), ISSN 1368-2148, E-ISSN 1741-5195, Vol. 33, no 5, p. 285-302Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The fuzzy front end of product development has been studied extensively in previous research, while the fuzzy front end of manufacturing technology development has been largely neglected despite its importance. Only a few empirical studies that examine the fuzzy front end of manufacturing technology development can be found, which have been primarily carried out in the process industry. Therefore, the overall purpose of this paper is to explore the fuzzy front end of manufacturing technology development. Based on three case studies carried out in the manufacturing industry, the findings of the current research highlight key activities in the fuzzy front end of manufacturing technology development and suggest that the fuzzy front end has four sub-phases with overlapping development activities.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Inderscience Enterprises Ltd., 2019
Keywords
Assessment, Case study, Fuzzy front end, Manufacturing industry, Readiness level, Technology management, Manufacture, Manufacturing industries, Readiness levels, Technology managements, Industrial research
National Category
Other Engineering and Technologies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-46553 (URN)10.1504/IJMTM.2019.103280 (DOI)2-s2.0-85074230601 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2019-12-16 Created: 2019-12-16 Last updated: 2019-12-16Bibliographically approved
Chirumalla, K., Jackson, M., Bruch, J., Andersson, N. & Löv, R. (2018). Exploring feedback loops in the industrialization process: A case study. In: Procedia Manufacturing: . Paper presented at 8th Swedish Production Symposium, SPS 2018, 16 May 2018 through 18 May 2018 (pp. 169-176). Elsevier B.V.
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2018 (English)In: Procedia Manufacturing, Elsevier B.V. , 2018, p. 169-176Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The purpose of this study is to explore the current available practices of feedback loops at different phases in the industrialization process. Although literature highlights the impact of feedback loops for both product and production systems development, there is limited research about how firms utilize the concept of feedback loops in the industrialization process. Based on a case study at a railway component manufacturing company, the paper presents the identified feedback loops and mechanisms that are working well and not working well within the industrialization process. Further, it explains a practical method to improve the current or establish new feedback loops. The paper contributes to the discussion on the application of lean and agile approaches to the industrialization process where feedback loops act as enablers.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Elsevier B.V., 2018
Keywords
Experience feedback, feedback loops, knowledge management, new product introduction, organizational learning
National Category
Mechanical Engineering
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-43508 (URN)10.1016/j.promfg.2018.06.071 (DOI)2-s2.0-85065642445 (Scopus ID)
Conference
8th Swedish Production Symposium, SPS 2018, 16 May 2018 through 18 May 2018
Available from: 2019-05-27 Created: 2019-05-27 Last updated: 2019-05-27Bibliographically approved
Rosio, C. & Bruch, J. (2018). Exploring the design process of reconfigurable industrial production systems Activities, challenges, and tactics. Journal of Manufacturing Technology Management, 29(1), 85-103
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Exploring the design process of reconfigurable industrial production systems Activities, challenges, and tactics
2018 (English)In: Journal of Manufacturing Technology Management, ISSN 1741-038X, E-ISSN 1758-7786, Vol. 29, no 1, p. 85-103Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Purpose - The purpose of this paper is to explore activities, challenges, and suggest tactics for the design of industrial reconfigurable production systems that can easily adapt to changing market opportunities. Design/methodology/approach - The paper synthesizes the empirical findings of seven case studies including 47 in-depth interviews at four manufacturing companies. Findings - A conceptual production system design process and including activities that enables a long-term perspective considering reconfigurability is proposed. Additionally, critical challenges indicating that reconfigurable production system design is not a trivial issue but one that requires separate control and coordination are identified and tactics to overcome the challenges described. Research limitations/implications - The authors propose a process for designing reconfigurable production systems that are better suited to adjust to future needs. The knowledge of reconfigurability from the reconfigurable manufacturing system literature is applied in the general production system literature field. This study contributes to a clearer picture of managerial challenges that need to be dealt with when designing a reconfigurable production system. Practical implications - By clarifying key activities facilitating a long-term perspective in the design process and highlighting challenges and tactics for improvement, the findings are particularly relevant to production engineers and plant managers interested in increasing the ability to adapt to future changes through reconfigurability and improve the efficiency of their production system design process. Originality/value - Although reconfigurable production systems are critical for the success of manufacturing companies, the process of designing such systems is not clear. This paper stretches this by giving a comprehensive picture of the production system design process and the activities that need to be considered to meet these challenges.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
EMERALD GROUP PUBLISHING LTD, 2018
National Category
Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-38011 (URN)10.1108/JMTM-06-2016-0090 (DOI)000418928000004 ()2-s2.0-85037168340 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2018-01-11 Created: 2018-01-11 Last updated: 2018-11-28Bibliographically approved
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