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Sannö, A., Johansson, M. T., Thollander, P., Wollin, J. & Sjögren, B. (2019). Approaching sustainable energy management operations in a multinational industrial corporation. Sustainability, 11(3), Article ID 754.
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2019 (English)In: Sustainability, ISSN 2071-1050, E-ISSN 2071-1050, Vol. 11, no 3, article id 754Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

A large share of the energy efficiency improvement measures available for industrial companies remains unadopted due to the existence of various barriers to energy efficiency. One of the main means of overcoming barriers to energy efficiency is via energy management operations. The major parts of the published scientific papers have covered energy management on a company level or on a sector level. However, so far, the literature is scarce regarding empirical studies on energy management on a corporate level. With the aim of filling the research gap, the aim of this paper is to empirically assess the performance of an in-house energy management program adoption from the year of initiation and four years ahead in the multinational company Volvo CE. The paper was conducted as a case study including a participative approach, which has not previously been done in energy management research. This paper adds value, through complementing the existing literature on energy management on a factory or sector level, by highlighting the importance of leadership, speed of execution, and cultural transformation on a corporate level. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
MDPI AG, 2019
Keywords
Case study, Corporate energy management, Energy efficiency, Energy management program, Industry, Key elements, Participative approach, Sustainable energy management
National Category
Construction Management Energy Systems
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-42700 (URN)10.3390/su11030754 (DOI)000458929500199 ()2-s2.0-85061003116 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2019-02-15 Created: 2019-02-15 Last updated: 2019-03-07Bibliographically approved
Sannö, A. & Ahlskog, M. (2019). Integrating knowledge for manufacturing technology development. International Journal of Product Development, 23, 65-83
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2019 (English)In: International Journal of Product Development, ISSN 1477-9056, E-ISSN 1741-8178, Vol. 23, p. 65-83Article in journal (Other academic) Published
Abstract [en]

The manufacturing industry of today is constantly challenged with new requirements that have to be fulfilled in order to stay competitive on both the short term and the longer term. These new requirements can trigger the need to develop the technology in production. With technology development come uncertainties which can be reduced by integrating new knowledge in the organisation. The overall purpose of this paper is to explain empirically how knowledge integration can be managed in order to reduce the uncertainty of manufacturing technology development while balancing resources towards the short-term production needs. The findings of the current research highlight collaboration, specialist competence and a systematic approach considering the setting, which needs to be managed when conducting manufacturing technology development during full production.

National Category
Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-37115 (URN)10.1504/IJPD.2019.098399 (DOI)2-s2.0-85063268955 (Scopus ID)
Funder
Knowledge Foundation
Available from: 2017-10-20 Created: 2017-10-20 Last updated: 2019-04-04Bibliographically approved
Sannö, A. (2018). Blixtlåsmodellen: Införande av hållbarhet i produktion. Västerås: Mälardalens högskola
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2018 (English)Report (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Västerås: Mälardalens högskola, 2018
National Category
Engineering and Technology Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-41736 (URN)978-91-7485-402-2 (ISBN)
Projects
INNOFACTURE - innovative manufacturing development
Available from: 2018-12-18 Created: 2018-12-18 Last updated: 2018-12-18Bibliographically approved
Sannö, A., Ericson Öberg, A. & Jackson, M. (2018). How to succeed with Co-production: Experiences from industrial researchers (1ed.). Eskilstuna: Mälardalen University
Open this publication in new window or tab >>How to succeed with Co-production: Experiences from industrial researchers
2018 (English)Report (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
Abstract [en]

The aim of this handbook is to raise awareness of the differently organised systems when collaborations are to be set up between companies and universities. By presenting experiences from industrial researchers this handbook will be useful for persons that are going to work in a collaborative setting, regardless of whether they come from a company or a university.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Eskilstuna: Mälardalen University, 2018. p. 34 Edition: 1
Keywords
Co-production, industry, collaboration
National Category
Other Engineering and Technologies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-39288 (URN)978-91-7485-383-4 (ISBN)
Projects
Innofacture
Funder
Knowledge Foundation
Available from: 2018-05-23 Created: 2018-05-23 Last updated: 2018-06-21Bibliographically approved
Sannö, A. (2017). Time to change: zipping sustainability into operations. (Doctoral dissertation). Västerås: Mälardalen University Press
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2017 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Industry is a key player in the transition to a sustainable society, where manufacturing companies need to respond to the challenges of environmental concerns in several ways. The need for managing environmental technological change in production systems is and will continue to be a challenge for manufacturing companies, as they often tend to focus on short-term priorities to stay economically competitive, rather than developing the organisation to manage longer-term environmental competitiveness.

In accordance with this, the objective of the thesis is to develop an understanding of how to manage environmental technological change in a production system. By identifying four categories of contextual preparedness, these being short-term focused, trade-off prepared, balance-seeking or long-term prepared, the thesis provides perspectives on how to manage change related to time and contextual aspects. The operation managers need to manage the projects by allocating individuals who can work systematically and build a strong knowledge base by collaborating with internal and external stakeholders. It shows that knowledge is not only about technology but also about realising the need for change and developing strong longer-term objectives.

A model is developed to support operations managers with purposeful actions, such as reflecting upon their long-term capabilities and making conscious decisions when to manage their environmental technology change processes regarding their own production system. The model presents how to “zip” sustainability into operations, so as to provide guidance for operations managers on how to systematically manage long-term change in a context that needs to work with multiple time aspects - and priorities. By using the term zip it is emphasised that the long-term developments have to be consciously integrated into the organisation aligned to the short-term needs.

Literature reviews, as well as four empirical case studies, have been conducted in order to explore environmental technological change. In the first two studies, the factors which affect environmental technological change in a production system have been identified. In the two subsequent studies the change processes as such were studied, leading to an increased understanding of how the production system and temporal dimensions influence the change processes. The studies conducted and the results are presented in six appended papers.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Västerås: Mälardalen University Press, 2017. p. 89
Series
Mälardalen University Press Dissertations, ISSN 1651-4238 ; 243
Keywords
sustainable operations, environment, technological change
National Category
Environmental Engineering
Research subject
Innovation and Design
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-37110 (URN)978-91-7485-353-7 (ISBN)
Public defence
2017-12-08, Raspen, Smedjegatan 37, Eskilstuna, 10:00 (English)
Opponent
Supervisors
Funder
Knowledge Foundation
Available from: 2017-10-20 Created: 2017-10-20 Last updated: 2017-11-17Bibliographically approved
Sannö, A., Ahlskog, M., Jackson, M. & Fundin, A. (2016). A co-creating research approach when exploring episodic change for sustainable operations. In: : . Paper presented at 5th P&OM WORLD CONFERENCE, September 6-10, 2016, Havana, Cuba.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>A co-creating research approach when exploring episodic change for sustainable operations
2016 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Industry is a key player in the transition to a sustainable society and academia can support this transition by conducting relevant research and transferring knowledge to practice. This paper complements operations management methods by presenting a co-creative approach on two levels; a model on a conceptual level and the operationalisation of this model when supporting a sustainable operations change project. By building on trust and relationships, finding common problems and make funding and resources available, the paper presents how gaps of knowledge can be overcome in the collaborative research work between academia and practice.

Keywords
Operations management, Case study methodology, Co-creation
National Category
Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-36990 (URN)
Conference
5th P&OM WORLD CONFERENCE, September 6-10, 2016, Havana, Cuba
Projects
INNOFACTURE - innovative manufacturing development
Available from: 2017-11-27 Created: 2017-11-27 Last updated: 2018-01-13Bibliographically approved
Sannö, A., Fundin, A. & Stålberg, L. (2016). Managing environmentally driven change in manufacturing organisations: Moving from reactive to proactive behaviour. International Journal of Productivity and Quality Management (2-3), 347-363
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Managing environmentally driven change in manufacturing organisations: Moving from reactive to proactive behaviour
2016 (English)In: International Journal of Productivity and Quality Management, ISSN 1746-6474, E-ISSN 1746-6482, no 2-3, p. 347-363Article in journal (Other academic) Published
Abstract [en]

Manufacturing companies must become better at managing environmentally driven change in order to establish a sustainable world for future generations. Environmental issues such as energy, natural resources, pollution and waste offer both competitive opportunities and constraints, and are changing the competitive landscape in many industries. Even though several incentives have been initiated such as integrating the environmental management system into the quality management systems, still more needs to be done to achieve sustainable operations. In order to increase understanding of the strategic context of environmentally driven changes this paper explores driving forces for the implementation of environmental improvements within an organisation. Additionally, key factors supporting a successful implementation are further analysed. A framework is proposed which links together lessons learnt from implementing change from change- and quality management into sustainability- and environmental management in order to support manufacturing companies in their decision process towards a better environmental position.

Keywords
Change; Environment; Lean; Manufacturing; Quality management; Sustainable development; Total quality management; TQM
National Category
Engineering and Technology Other Engineering and Technologies
Research subject
Innovation and Design
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-27653 (URN)10.1504/IJPQM.2016.076714 (DOI)2-s2.0-84971373010 (Scopus ID)
Funder
Knowledge Foundation
Available from: 2015-03-06 Created: 2015-03-06 Last updated: 2019-01-28Bibliographically approved
Sannö, A., Deleryd, M. & Fundin, A. (2015). Drivers for implementing environmental requirements - an international explorative study within manufacturing. Journal of Operations and Supply Chain Management, 8(1), 1-11
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2015 (English)In: Journal of Operations and Supply Chain Management, ISSN 1984-3046, Vol. 8, no 1, p. 1-11Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Manufacturing companies need to adapt their production processes in order to meet future environmental requirements. The implementation of new technology can be time-consuming and requires skills in change management but also an awareness of possible impacts and effects on the life cycle of the products. This paper combines theories from change management with empirical data from four cases of adaption of new requirements on surface treatment processes in manufacturing. Key factors for change triggered by environmental requirements are identified and verified with factors identified in change management literature. Results show that, in order not to influence functionality and performance negatively, testing and verification as well as changing few variables are important for environmental change management. Furthermore, knowledge and skills in the specific area as well as experimental capabilities are required but also collaboration internally and with external stakeholders are of importance. A model of change is proposed including three phases; readiness for change, technology verification and implementation in production. In addition, four time-related aspects are considered important to plan for; sense of urgency, time for development, strategic path and reviews for long-term projects.

Keywords
environment, change management, production system, model of change, implementation
National Category
Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-36985 (URN)10.12660/joscmv8n1p88-97 (DOI)
Projects
XPRES - Excellence in Production ResearchINNOFACTURE - innovative manufacturing development
Available from: 2017-10-31 Created: 2017-10-31 Last updated: 2017-10-31Bibliographically approved
Sannö, A. (2015). Model for change in production systems triggered by environmental requirements: considerations, drivers, key factors. (Licentiate dissertation). Västerås: Mälardalen University
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Model for change in production systems triggered by environmental requirements: considerations, drivers, key factors
2015 (English)Licentiate thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Industry is a key player in the transition to a sustainable society where manufacturing companies need to respond to the challenges of environmental concerns in several ways. Still, even if several efforts have been made in practise and academia, more research within operations management is addressed in relation to implementing sustainable solutions. The management of change in production systems, such as energy efficiency, will be one of the important future areas for the industry.

In accordance, the objective of the licentiate thesis is, by theoretical and empirical work, focused on developing a model to support the implementation of environmental requirements. Literature reviews as well as two empirical case studies have been conducted in order to explore the environmentally driven change. The first case study conducted is an retrospective multiple case study, including four cases studying the implications of implementation of technology and identifying key factors effecting the outcome of the change. The second case study is an international multiple study, including nine case companies. The study explores what needs to be considered, the drivers for initiating change as well as the key factors effecting the outcome of the change process. The studies conducted and the results are presented in five appended papers.

The research identifies three important links for managing environmentally driven change: how the requirements are introduced, how and if the link between strategic and operational level has been considered and how the need for change is transferred to action and implementation. By providing a system approach for managing change, it also points out the importance of understanding the organisational abilities and maturity of the companies that influence the projects. The result points out sets of drivers as well as key factors, related to the organisational abilities, that are effecting the outcome.

As future research the model, that is developed to support operations management in their work to implement environmentally driven change, needs to be validated in practise. In particular research on the personal commitment and the collaboration is addressed to be studied in relation to a systematic approach as well as how to balance the priorities during the implementation.

 

 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Västerås: Mälardalen University, 2015
Series
Mälardalen University Press Licentiate Theses, ISSN 1651-9256 ; 195
Keywords
change management, environment, sustainable development
National Category
Engineering and Technology Environmental Engineering
Research subject
Innovation and Design
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-27644 (URN)978-91-7485-190-8 (ISBN)
Presentation
2015-04-23, Raspen, Smedjegatan 37, Eskilstuna, 15:15 (Swedish)
Opponent
Supervisors
Funder
Knowledge Foundation
Available from: 2015-03-06 Created: 2015-03-05 Last updated: 2015-03-27Bibliographically approved
Alayon, C., Sannö, A., Säfsten, K. & Johansson, G. (2015). Sustainable production adoption by Surface Treatment SMES: challenges and enablers. In: Global Cleaner Production & Sustainable Consumption Conference 2015 GCPC2015: . Paper presented at Global Cleaner Production & Sustainable Consumption Conference 2015 GCPC2015, 01 Nov 2015, Sitges, Barcelona, Spain.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Sustainable production adoption by Surface Treatment SMES: challenges and enablers
2015 (English)In: Global Cleaner Production & Sustainable Consumption Conference 2015 GCPC2015, 2015Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The adoption to sustainable production is a continuous but necessary strive for manufacturing operations, including small and medium enterprises, SMEs. Meeting the future needs of the economic, social and environmental dimensions provides challenges for SMEs. In order to meet these challenges, understanding of internal and external enablers is required. Studies focusing on the enablers for sustainability among SMEs are rare; hence these companies are important players in the supply chain to focal companies. In order to enhance the understanding of the adoption of sustainable production for the sector surface treatment SMEs, an exploratory study has been conducted. In this study, the focus has been placed in the identification and analysis of the challenges and enablers for adoption of sustainable production. Two stages of empirical data collection were undertaken: a focus group session and an online questionnaire. The findings present challenges based on the limitations of the surface treatment process but also where enablers for the social, economic and environmental for meeting those challenges are interrelated. The results showed that these SMEs face challenges in their way towards sustainable production, mainly due to: low economic profitability, need for improvement in old working procedures, lack of fully understanding regarding environmental legislation, difficulty in ensuring workforce, lack of technology development and resistance towards change. These challenges could be faced through internal and external enablers, where the support of large-size customers and other stakeholders is critical for this sector.

Keywords
SMEs, sustainable production, surface treatment, enablers, challenges
National Category
Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-36988 (URN)
Conference
Global Cleaner Production & Sustainable Consumption Conference 2015 GCPC2015, 01 Nov 2015, Sitges, Barcelona, Spain
Projects
INNOFACTURE - innovative manufacturing development
Available from: 2017-11-27 Created: 2017-11-27 Last updated: 2017-11-27Bibliographically approved
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