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Sannö, A. & Ahlskog, M. (2019). Integrating knowledge for manufacturing technology development. International Journal of Product Development, 23, 65-83
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Integrating knowledge for manufacturing technology development
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
Ahlskog, M., Bruch, J. & Jackson, M. (2017). Knowledge integration in manufacturing technology development. Journal of Manufacturing Technology Management, 28(8), 1035-1054
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Knowledge integration in manufacturing technology development
2017 (English)In: Journal of Manufacturing Technology Management, ISSN 1741-038X, E-ISSN 1758-7786, Vol. 28, no 8, p. 1035-1054Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Purpose - The purpose of this paper is to identify and analyze knowledge integration in manufacturing technology development projects required to build competitive advantages. Design/methodology/approach - A longitudinal case study has been conducted at a Swedish manufacturing company by following a manufacturing technology development project in real time during a two-year period. Findings - The results show that three different knowledge integration processes exist when developing unique manufacturing technology: processes for capturing, for joint learning, and for absorb learning. The findings of the current research suggest that the three knowledge integration processes are highly interrelated with each knowledge integration process affecting the other two. Research limitations/implications - The major limitation of the research is primarily associated with the single case, which limits generalizability outside the context that was studied. Practical implications - The findings are particularly relevant to manufacturing engineers working with the development of new manufacturing technologies. By using relevant knowledge integration processes and capabilities required to integrate the knowledge in manufacturing technology development projects, companies can improve design and organize the development of manufacturing technology. Originality/value - Previous research has merely noted that knowledge integration is required in the development of unique manufacturing technology, but without explaining how and in what way. This paper's contribution is the identification and analysis of three knowledge integration processes that contribute to the building of competitive advantages by developing unique manufacturing technology and new knowledge.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
EMERALD GROUP PUBLISHING LTD, 2017
Keywords
Manufacturing industry, Manufacturing technology, Knowledge processes, Organizational learning, Competitive advantage, Capabilities, Manufacturing competences, Knowledge development, Technology novelty, Knowledge integration process
National Category
Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-37230 (URN)10.1108/JMTM-03-2017-0051 (DOI)000413658900003 ()2-s2.0-85032306693 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2017-11-09 Created: 2017-11-09 Last updated: 2017-11-09Bibliographically approved
Ahlskog, M. (2017). Prerequisites that support the fuzzy front end of manufacturing technology development. In: 24th EurOMA conference EurOMA17: . Paper presented at 24th EurOMA conference EurOMA17, 01 Jul 2017, Edinburgh, United Kingdom.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Prerequisites that support the fuzzy front end of manufacturing technology development
2017 (English)In: 24th EurOMA conference EurOMA17, 2017Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The overall purpose of this paper is to explore the prerequisites that support the fuzzy front end of manufacturing technology development. An exploratory multiple embedded case study has been conducted at a Swedish manufacturing company in the manufacturing industry. By studying four pilot plants’ organisational structure and way of working, this paper contributes with an increased understanding regarding how the fuzzy front end of manufacturing technology development can be supported. This paper describes how a technology roadmap, the usage of master processes and a supportive organisational structure can support the fuzzy front end of new manufacturing technology development.

Keywords
Case study, Manufacturing industry, Organisational structure
National Category
Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-37340 (URN)
Conference
24th EurOMA conference EurOMA17, 01 Jul 2017, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Projects
INNOFACTURE - innovative manufacturing development
Available from: 2017-11-28 Created: 2017-11-28 Last updated: 2017-11-28Bibliographically approved
Ahlskog, M. (2017). The fuzzy front end of manufacturing technology development: Exploring the link between the known and the unknown. (Doctoral dissertation). Mälardalen University
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The fuzzy front end of manufacturing technology development: Exploring the link between the known and the unknown
2017 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

It is well known that a way of competing on a global market is through the introduction of new manufacturing technologies in the production system that can improve product quality as well as contribute to reducing manufacturing time, reduced product price and in the end increased profits. Manufacturing companies that develop and introduce new manufacturing technologies can differentiate themselves from others and thus achieve increased competitiveness.

The fuzzy front end of manufacturing technology development is characterized by a high degree of technology uncertainty and challenges due to the lack of access to relevant knowledge, lack of a structured development process, and enough resources that are working with development of new manufacturing technologies.

In the literature only a few empirical studies that explore the fuzzy front end of manufacturing technology development can be found. Prior research highlights that little is actually known about what should be done in the fuzzy front end of manufacturing technology development projects, and thus more research is needed. Supporting the fuzzy front end of manufacturing technology development is important to facilitate a successful introduction of new manufacturing technologies, fast time-to-volume and long-term production system development.

Based on the above-mentioned importance of developing new manufacturing technology, the objective of the research presented in this thesis is to explore the fuzzy front end of manufacturing technology development. In order to fulfil the objective, empirical data were collected from five case studies conducted in the manufacturing industry. During the empirical studies four important parts were studied: organising, knowledge development, collaboration and the development process.

The main findings revealed that development of new manufacturing technology is often conducted in collaboration with external partners and many ad hoc decisions are taken due to lack of a predefined development process for the fuzzy front end of manufacturing technology development. In addition, in the fuzzy front end access to relevant manufacturing knowledge is important and knowledge needs to be developed in order to reduce technology uncertainty.

In order to support the fuzzy front end of manufacturing technology development projects, a supporting framework has been developed. The proposed framework is an elaboration of results from the research questions addressed and can be used as a guideline to overcome the challenges observed in the fuzzy front end of manufacturing technology development projects. The framework is built on two important dimensions for innovations, degree of technology uncertainty and degree of novelty. The critical factors identified in the analysis are embedded in the proposed framework as central parts in the fuzzy front end of manufacturing technology development.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Mälardalen University, 2017
Series
Mälardalen University Press Dissertations, ISSN 1651-4238 ; 248
National Category
Engineering and Technology Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-37186 (URN)978-91-7485-357-5 (ISBN)
Public defence
2017-12-20, Verktyget, Smedjegatan 37, Eskilstuna, 10:00 (English)
Opponent
Supervisors
Available from: 2017-11-02 Created: 2017-11-02 Last updated: 2017-12-20Bibliographically 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
Ahlskog, M., Bruch, J. & Jackson, M. (2016). Managing early manufacturing technology development – phases and key activities. In: 23rd EurOMA conference EUROMA 2016: . Paper presented at 23rd EurOMA conference EUROMA 2016, 17-22 Jun 2016, Trondheim, Norway.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Managing early manufacturing technology development – phases and key activities
2016 (English)In: 23rd EurOMA conference EUROMA 2016, 2016Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

In order to compete within the manufacturing industry, there is a need to acquire and develop new manufacturing technologies to differentiate the company from others. This paper builds on extant operations management and innovation management literature with the focus on how to managing early manufacturing technology development. A multiple case study has been conducted at a Swedish manufacturing company in the automotive industry and our paper proposes a conceptual process for early manufacturing technology development and the key activities therein. The findings are relevant for managers working with long-term development and the paper concludes by discussing implications and research limitations.

Keywords
Front-end, Pre-development, Manufacturing industries
National Category
Other Engineering and Technologies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-32893 (URN)
External cooperation:
Conference
23rd EurOMA conference EUROMA 2016, 17-22 Jun 2016, Trondheim, Norway
Projects
INNOFACTURE - innovative manufacturing development
Available from: 2016-08-26 Created: 2016-08-24 Last updated: 2016-08-26Bibliographically approved
Ahlskog, M., Bruch, J. & Jackson, M. (2015). Joint Development of a Manufacturing Technology: A Longitudinal Case Study within the Manufacturing Industry. In: 22nd International Annual EurOMA Conference EurOMA15: . Paper presented at 22nd International Annual EurOMA Conference EurOMA15, 26 Jun-1 Jul, 2015, Neuchâtel, Switzerland.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Joint Development of a Manufacturing Technology: A Longitudinal Case Study within the Manufacturing Industry
2015 (English)In: 22nd International Annual EurOMA Conference EurOMA15, 2015Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

In order to compete within the manufacturing industry, there is a need to acquire and develop new manufacturing technologies to differentiate the company from others. Therefore, the purpose of this paper is to analyse factors affecting development of a manufacturing technology in a joint development project with an equipment supplier. A longitudinal case study has been conducted at a Swedish manufacturing company and the collaboration between a manufacturing company and an equipment supplier has been studied. The findings reveal that tacit knowledge and good equipment supplier relationship are highly important factors that facilitate development of a manufacturing technology.

Keywords
Equipment supplier relationship, Knowledge development, Knowledge transfer
National Category
Other Engineering and Technologies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-30016 (URN)
Conference
22nd International Annual EurOMA Conference EurOMA15, 26 Jun-1 Jul, 2015, Neuchâtel, Switzerland
Projects
XPRESINNOFACTURE - innovative manufacturing developmentEQUIP: User-Supplier integration in production equipment design
Available from: 2015-12-20 Created: 2015-12-18 Last updated: 2015-12-20Bibliographically approved
Ahlskog, M., Jackson, M. & Bruch, J. (2015). Manufacturing Technology Readiness Assessment. In: : . Paper presented at Production and Operations Management, Society, POMS 26th Annual Conference, Washington D.C., USA, May 8-11, 2015.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Manufacturing Technology Readiness Assessment
2015 (English)Conference paper, Published paper (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The purpose of this paper is to analyze and discuss how the MRL scale can support the assessment of a manufacturing technology’s maturity level. A single case study within the manufacturing industry has been conducted investigating the use of a MRL scale. An assessment of MRL 4 has been studied.

National Category
Other Engineering and Technologies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-27659 (URN)
Conference
Production and Operations Management, Society, POMS 26th Annual Conference, Washington D.C., USA, May 8-11, 2015
Available from: 2015-03-06 Created: 2015-03-06 Last updated: 2015-12-20Bibliographically approved
Ahlskog, M. (2015). Supporting pre-development of new manufacturing technologies. (Licentiate dissertation). Västerås: Mälardalen University
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Supporting pre-development of new manufacturing technologies
2015 (English)Licentiate thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

In today’s tough industrial environment, efficient development of new products and new manufacturing solutions is necessary to stay competitive on a global market. Manufacturing companies use substantial money and development resources to develop new products. However, the resources spent on finding and implementing emerging manufacturing technologies are much more limited. This is often the case even though it is well known that a way of competing on a global market is through the introduction of new manufacturing technologies that can improve product quality as well as contribute to reducing manufacturing time, resulting in reduced product price and in the end increased profit.

When introducing new manufacturing technologies, different challenges arise such as lack of knowledge, involvement of an external equipment supplier, etc. In addition, time-to-volume is critical when introducing new manufacturing technologies in a manufacturing context. To be able to have a fast ramp-up, manufacturing technology needs to be mature enough and at the same time meet all requirements. Efficient introduction of new manufacturing technologies requires that pre-development activities have been performed in advance.

Previous research in this area highlights a lack of knowledge and solutions regarding pre-development of new manufacturing technologies. Such pre-development is important in order to have a successful introduction, fast time-to-volume and production system development. Based on these challenges, the objective of the research presented in this thesis is to develop support for pre-development of new manufacturing technologies.

The research is based on literature reviews and three empirical case studies, carried out over a two-year period of time. The first empirical case study was an exploratory case study in the manufacturing industry. The purpose of that research study was to identify critical factors forcing manufacturing companies to improve the development of manufacturing technologies.

The second study was a longitudinal embedded case study in the manufacturing industry with the purpose of identifying factors that affect evaluation of new manufacturing technologies during new product development. Particular attention was given to the product development process and how it has affected the evaluation of new manufacturing technologies.

Finally, the third study was a single case study in the manufacturing industry with the purpose of analysing and discussing the assessment of the maturity level of a manufacturing technology.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Västerås: Mälardalen University, 2015
Series
Mälardalen University Press Licentiate Theses, ISSN 1651-9256 ; 194
National Category
Engineering and Technology Other Engineering and Technologies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-27660 (URN)978-91-7485-191-5 (ISBN)
Presentation
2015-04-23, Filen, Smedjegatan 37, Eskilstuna, 10:00 (English)
Opponent
Supervisors
Available from: 2015-03-06 Created: 2015-03-06 Last updated: 2015-04-09Bibliographically approved
Ahlskog, M. & Bruch, J. (2014). Evaluation of Advanced Manufacturing Technology during New Product Development. In: The 21st EurOMA Conference EurOMA 2014: . Paper presented at The 21st EurOMA Conference EurOMA 2014, 20-25 Jun 2014, Palermo, Italy. Palermo, Italy
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Evaluation of Advanced Manufacturing Technology during New Product Development
2014 (English)In: The 21st EurOMA Conference EurOMA 2014, Palermo, Italy, 2014Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The purpose of this paper is to identify factors that affect evaluation of advanced manufacturing technology (AMT) during new product development (NPD). Particular attention is given to the new product development process and how it has affected the acquisition and evaluation process of AMT. An embedded case study has been conducted at a large Swedish manufacturing company, consisting of semi structured interviews, document analysis, and passive observations. This paper identifies seven factors that affect the evaluation of AMT during NPD and which can be classified into three categories: NPD project, AMT acquisition project and the internal organization.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Palermo, Italy: , 2014
Keywords
Production development, production equipment, equipment supplier relationship
National Category
Engineering and Technology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-27174 (URN)
Conference
The 21st EurOMA Conference EurOMA 2014, 20-25 Jun 2014, Palermo, Italy
Projects
XPRESINNOFACTURE - innovative manufacturing development
Available from: 2014-12-22 Created: 2014-12-19 Last updated: 2015-03-06Bibliographically approved
Organisations
Identifiers
ORCID iD: ORCID iD iconorcid.org/0000-0002-9933-8532

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