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Norouzilame, F. & Wiktorsson, M. (2018). Coordination practices within international manufacturing networks: A comparative study of three industrial practices. American Journal of Industrial and Business Management, 8(6), 1603-1623
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Coordination practices within international manufacturing networks: A comparative study of three industrial practices
2018 (English)In: American Journal of Industrial and Business Management, ISSN 2164-5167, E-ISSN 2164-5175, Vol. 8, no 6, p. 1603-1623Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The globalisation of manufacturing activities has led to the emergence of internationally dispersed manufacturing plants. Coordination of such networks is a complex task and entails several management challenges. The purpose of this paper is to increase the understanding regarding the coordination issues and how they could be managed in IMN environment. Using a multiple case study approach, data from three multi–plant manufacturing businesses were collected and analysed. The results include discussions on coordination aspects such as autonomy and mechanisms to conduct coordination. Furthermore, a model for assigning autonomy level to the plant in an IMN is suggested as well as mechanisms to conduct the coordination work.

Keywords
international manufacturing network, coordination, case study
National Category
Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-40873 (URN)10.4236/ajibm.2018.86098 (DOI)2164-5175 (ISBN)
Projects
INNOFACTURE - innovative manufacturing development
Available from: 2018-09-11 Created: 2018-09-11 Last updated: 2018-10-29Bibliographically approved
Norouzilame, F. & Mengel, S. (2016). An exploratory study on the relationships between capabilities of international manufacturing networks. In: : . Paper presented at 23rd EurOMA Conference, 17-22 June 2016, Trondheim, Norway.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>An exploratory study on the relationships between capabilities of international manufacturing networks
2016 (English)Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
National Category
Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-41245 (URN)
Conference
23rd EurOMA Conference, 17-22 June 2016, Trondheim, Norway
Available from: 2018-10-29 Created: 2018-10-29 Last updated: 2018-12-06Bibliographically approved
Norouzilame, F., Bruch, J. & Granlund, A. (2015). Production system design in a global manufacturing context: A case study of a global contract manufacturer. In: POMS 26th Annual Conference POMS: . Paper presented at POMS 26th Annual Conference POMS, 8-11 May 2015, Washington DC, United States.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Production system design in a global manufacturing context: A case study of a global contract manufacturer
2015 (English)In: POMS 26th Annual Conference POMS, 2015Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The aim of this paper is to study the process of production system design in order to identify when and how network capabilities could and should be considered during this process. A case study, investigating the production system design process of a global contract manufacturer has been conducted

Keywords
Production System Design, Global Manufacturing, Contract Manufacturer
National Category
Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-30019 (URN)
Conference
POMS 26th Annual Conference POMS, 8-11 May 2015, Washington DC, United States
Available from: 2015-12-20 Created: 2015-12-18 Last updated: 2015-12-20Bibliographically approved
Norouzilame, F. (2015). TOWARDS ACHIEVING NETWORK CAPABILITIES IN GLOBAL PRODUCTION NETWORK OF CONTRACT MANUFACTURERS. (Licentiate dissertation). Västerås: Mälardalen University
Open this publication in new window or tab >>TOWARDS ACHIEVING NETWORK CAPABILITIES IN GLOBAL PRODUCTION NETWORK OF CONTRACT MANUFACTURERS
2015 (English)Licentiate thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Västerås: Mälardalen University, 2015
Series
Mälardalen University Press Licentiate Theses, ISSN 1651-9256 ; 219
National Category
Engineering and Technology Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-28908 (URN)978-91-7485-232-5 (ISBN)
Presentation
2015-11-27, Raspen, Mälardalens högskola, Eskilstuna, 10:00 (Swedish)
Opponent
Supervisors
Available from: 2015-09-11 Created: 2015-09-11 Last updated: 2017-10-25Bibliographically approved
Norouzilame, N., Bruch, J. & Granlund, A. (2015). TOWARDS ACHIEVING NETWORK CAPABILITIES IN GLOBAL PRODUCTION NETWORK OF CONTRACT MANUFACTURERS. In: : . Paper presented at POMS 26th Annual Conference, Washington, D.C., USA, May 8-11, 2015.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>TOWARDS ACHIEVING NETWORK CAPABILITIES IN GLOBAL PRODUCTION NETWORK OF CONTRACT MANUFACTURERS
2015 (English)Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
National Category
Other Engineering and Technologies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-28921 (URN)
Conference
POMS 26th Annual Conference, Washington, D.C., USA, May 8-11, 2015
Available from: 2015-09-11 Created: 2015-09-11 Last updated: 2019-09-20Bibliographically approved
Norouzilame, F., Moch, R., Riedel, R. & Bruch, J. (2014). Global and Regional Production Networks: A Theoretical and Practical Synthesis. In: IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology, vol 440: . Paper presented at IFIP WG 5.7 International Conference on Advances in Production Management Systems, APMS 2014; Ajaccio; France; 20 September 2014 through 24 September 2014 (pp. 108-115). (PART 3)
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Global and Regional Production Networks: A Theoretical and Practical Synthesis
2014 (English)In: IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology, vol 440, 2014, no PART 3, p. 108-115Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The growth of research interest in networked production has brought up numerous important concepts aimed at production networks. Still the actual research object seems to be ambiguous, making the exact application of findings insufficient. It appears that there are two main notions of the term Production Network. The first meaning is derived by a single versus a multi-organizational perspective while the second meaning comes from a regional versus global view. Obviously indistinctness exists in this field of research and clarification of terms and concept is required. The objective of this paper is to give an overview of the existing theories in accordance with the industrial practice providing a model to bridge the academic theories to industrial practice. 

Keywords
case study, literature review, production network
National Category
Other Engineering and Technologies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-25976 (URN)10.1007/978-3-662-44733-8_14 (DOI)000360158500014 ()2-s2.0-84906932094 (Scopus ID)9783662447321 (ISBN)
Conference
IFIP WG 5.7 International Conference on Advances in Production Management Systems, APMS 2014; Ajaccio; France; 20 September 2014 through 24 September 2014
Available from: 2014-09-19 Created: 2014-09-19 Last updated: 2019-01-10Bibliographically approved
Norouzilame, F., Bruch, J. & Bellgran, M. (2014). Production plants within global production networks: Synergies and redundancies. In: : . Paper presented at The 21st EurOMA Conference, 20-25 June, 2014, Palermo, Italy.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Production plants within global production networks: Synergies and redundancies
2014 (English)Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Management of production plants on global scale adds diverse challenges to those normally faced within national borders. A constant challenge is to achieve the most efficient network configuration via robust design of production systems. A case study is conducted where commonalities among production plants of a global manufacturing company have been studied in regard to the design of production system within global production networks. The results show three synergetic areas through the global production network. Standardization levels of production system constituents have been also discussed.

National Category
Engineering and Technology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-28881 (URN)
Conference
The 21st EurOMA Conference, 20-25 June, 2014, Palermo, Italy
Available from: 2015-09-08 Created: 2015-09-08 Last updated: 2018-10-29Bibliographically approved
Norouzilame, F., Grönberg, F., Salonen, A. & Wiktorsson, M. (2013). AN INDUSTRIAL PERSPECTIVE ON FLEXIBLE MANUFACTURING: A FRAMEWORK FOR NEEDS AND ENABLERS. In: International Conference on Production Research: . Paper presented at 22nd International Conference on Production Research, July 28th-August 1st, Igassu Falls, Brazil.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>AN INDUSTRIAL PERSPECTIVE ON FLEXIBLE MANUFACTURING: A FRAMEWORK FOR NEEDS AND ENABLERS
2013 (English)In: International Conference on Production Research, 2013Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Flexibility of manufacturing systems, as a key factor of survival in the market, is regarded as the ability of handling changes in variants and volume governed by different capabilities depending on system level and manufacturing process. Research on flexibility has been of interest over years, resulting in a vast field of organizational, technical, and process-based enablers. The practical review in terms of needs, enablers and implementations of changeable production systems is however scarce. The objective of this paper is to present an initial review of industrial practice regarding flexibility in manufacturing systems, based on the current frame of reference and empirical study of two manufacturing companies in Sweden which helps industrial companies to identify their flexibility needs and the required enablers to achieve them.

Keywords
Flexibility, manufacturing systems, changeable production systems
National Category
Engineering and Technology Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-22301 (URN)2-s2.0-84929340773 (Scopus ID)
Conference
22nd International Conference on Production Research, July 28th-August 1st, Igassu Falls, Brazil
Projects
INNOFACTURE - innovative manufacturing developmentxpres
Funder
XPRES - Initiative for excellence in production research
Available from: 2013-10-31 Created: 2013-10-31 Last updated: 2015-11-16Bibliographically approved
Norouzilame, F. & Jackson, M. (2013). On the Application of Discrete-event Simulation in Production. In: Flexible Automation and Intelligent Manufacturing: . Paper presented at FAIM 2013, 23rd International Conference on Flexible Automation & Intelligent Manufacturing, from 26-28 June 2013, Porto, Portugal.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>On the Application of Discrete-event Simulation in Production
2013 (English)In: Flexible Automation and Intelligent Manufacturing, 2013Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The current fierce competition within the manufacturing industry throughout the world is a result of globalisation and dynamic changes in the market. This new era within the production world requires shorter lead times, integrated logistics, capabilities regarding handling changes in product volumes and variety, as well as conformity to environmental rules and regulations legislated by governments and organizations. Apparently, the multitude of variables needed to solve problems complicates the decision-making process. In order to provide solutions for complex problem solving within production development which include many variables and a certain amount of uncertainty there is a need for robust decision making tools. Discrete-event simulation (DES) is one of the virtual tools that can be used as a support for decision-making for production related problems. The current paper addresses challenges which cause low utilization of DES in industry along with a framework for handling those challenges and performing DES projects in an effective and efficient way.

National Category
Engineering and Technology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-22300 (URN)10.1007/978-3-319-00557-7_21 (DOI)2-s2.0-84929991772 (Scopus ID)
Conference
FAIM 2013, 23rd International Conference on Flexible Automation & Intelligent Manufacturing, from 26-28 June 2013, Porto, Portugal
Projects
xpres
Funder
XPRES - Initiative for excellence in production research
Available from: 2013-10-31 Created: 2013-10-31 Last updated: 2016-06-02Bibliographically approved
Norouzilame, F., Stenholm, D., Sjögren, P. & Bergsjö, B. A holistic model for inter-plant knowledge transfer within an international manufacturing network. Journal of Knowledge Management
Open this publication in new window or tab >>A holistic model for inter-plant knowledge transfer within an international manufacturing network
(English)In: Journal of Knowledge Management, ISSN 1367-3270, E-ISSN 1758-7484Article in journal (Refereed) In press
Abstract [en]

Purpose: This paper aims to provide a holistic view to support the choice of appropriate strategy for conducting a knowledge transfer (KT) project in an international manufacturing network(IMN) environment. It proposes a model that includes multiple aspects of a KT project along with guidelines on each aspect. Design/methodology/approach: To achieve the research goals, multiple case study method was adopted. Data have been collected by conducting semi-structured interviews regarding five KT projects in three multinational corporations. Data were triangulated by means of comparisons to complementary data acquired through observations and archival documents. Findings: The results of this paper detail the key issues of five KT projects. Furthermore, the paper proposes an aggregated model comprising the main aspects and strategies for a KT project within an IMN. Research limitations/implications: Despite the abundant research on KT area, not many research projects provide holistic views on KT process. The focus has rather been sectional and concentrated on each specific aspect within the KT. Practical implications: The paper guides practitioners to identify multiple aspects in KT that will eventually increase the odds for successfully performing such projects. Originality/value: The proposed learning network model improves the performance of KT projects by providing a holistic view including several factors that the organization should emphasize to succeed with inter-plant KT.

Keywords
Knowledge driven organizations, Knowledge management, Knowledge transfer, Engineering, International manufacturing network
National Category
Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-40872 (URN)10.1108/JKM-10-2017-0473 (DOI)2-s2.0-85047880399 (Scopus ID)
Projects
INNOFACTURE - innovative manufacturing development
Available from: 2018-09-11 Created: 2018-09-11 Last updated: 2018-10-29Bibliographically approved
Organisations
Identifiers
ORCID iD: ORCID iD iconorcid.org/0000-0003-4059-3077

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