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Lean production integration adaptable to dynamic conditions
Mälardalens högskola, Akademin för innovation, design och teknik, Innovation och produktrealisering.ORCID-id: 0000-0001-8291-7362
Mälardalens högskola, Akademin för innovation, design och teknik, Innovation och produktrealisering.ORCID-id: 0000-0003-3187-7932
2018 (engelsk)Inngår i: Journal of Manufacturing Technology Management, ISSN 1741-038X, E-ISSN 1758-7786, Vol. 29, nr 8, s. 1358-1375Artikkel i tidsskrift (Fagfellevurdert) Published
Abstract [en]

The purpose of this paper is to understand how a continuous improvement (CI) approach like lean production (LP) integration is affected by dynamic conditions and to propose how LP integration can be adaptable to dynamic conditions. Design/methodology/approach A longitudinal case study has been conducted in which data were collected through participative observations, observations, documents and an in-depth semi-structured interview. Findings The adaptability is related to the maturity level of the LP integration, where more mature organisations are better equipped to deal with the challenges occurring due to their learning and experimentation capabilities. The main problem is that the LP integration needs to be adapted, like compromising with just-in-time. This creates challenges to more immature organisations; they do not seem to be able to adapt the LP integration since the skills are lacking. Research limitations/implications The research limitations are associated with the research design and therefore might limit generalisation of the context studied. Practical implications The management needs to stay focused on the LP integration to continue building CI capability. There is a need to adapt the LP concept, which includes assessing how proposed changes and the LP concept interact in order to make them reinforce each other. This involves creating guidelines concerning adaptation and facilitating a transition from mainly single-loop learning to double-loop learning. Originality/value This paper contributes by describing challenges that have an impact on LP integration and related organisational adaptability under dynamic conditions.

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2018. Vol. 29, nr 8, s. 1358-1375
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URN: urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-39080DOI: 10.1108/JMTM-02-2018-0055ISI: 000447320500005Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85053029516OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mdh-39080DiVA, id: diva2:1201542
Tilgjengelig fra: 2018-04-26 Laget: 2018-04-26 Sist oppdatert: 2019-06-26bibliografisk kontrollert
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1. Adapting to dynamic conditions through continuous innovation in manufacturing
Åpne denne publikasjonen i ny fane eller vindu >>Adapting to dynamic conditions through continuous innovation in manufacturing
2018 (engelsk)Doktoravhandling, med artikler (Annet vitenskapelig)
Abstract [en]

The speed of change increases due to the pace of technological change and globalisation, and many industries that usually have acted in more stable settings will in the future act in more dynamic marketplaces. In order to be able to manage dynamic conditions, the organisation needs to continue delivering effectively in existing business areas while developing new systems, products and processes to take advantage of new opportunities in the future. This means that the organisation must be able to use abilities for exploitation and exploration simultaneously or, in other words, strive for continuous innovation including ambidexterity.

In the traditional manufacturing industry, many companies use some sort of improvement programme for achieving operational excellence. Hence, a trend among multinational manufacturing companies is also to deploy and integrate corporate improvement programmes (XPS). These are based on lean production and inspired by the Toyota Production System. Generally, improvement programmes such as XPS largely support the development of exploitation capabilities but not exploration capabilities, which instead may have to stand back. Previous research states that these are problematic and complex issues that need to be further understood and developed. Therefore, more knowledge and support needs to be developed regarding how manufacturing companies can adapt their production systems to remain resource-efficient while simultaneously adapting to more radical changes.

The overall purpose of this research project is to contribute to an increased understanding of how XPS integrations can be developed towards continuous innovation to be able to manage more dynamic conditions. Accordingly, the research objective is to develop recommendations supporting continuous innovation in manufacturing. An overall longitudinal study has been carried out containing five case studies at a manufacturing company integrating an XPS during dynamic conditions, i.e., with large variations in volumes and mixes of products together with the introduction of new products and production concepts. The studies conducted and the results are presented in five appended papers.

The research shows there is a risk that the XPS concept is abandoned due to a lack of understanding of how the XPS contributes to solve the turbulent situation that appears under dynamic conditions. At the same time, it is important to develop and support exploration skills in parallel, as these abilities are not particularly well developed in this context. Furthermore, the research shows that a strategy formulation process striving for high involvement can be used as a means of creating ambidextrous capabilities.

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Västerås: Mälardalen University, 2018
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Mälardalen University Press Dissertations, ISSN 1651-4238 ; 261
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innovation och design
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urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-39082 (URN)978-91-7485-385-8 (ISBN)
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2018-06-15, Filen, Mälardalens högskola, Eskilstuna, 13:00 (engelsk)
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Tilgjengelig fra: 2018-05-04 Laget: 2018-05-03 Sist oppdatert: 2018-05-16bibliografisk kontrollert

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