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What guides information consensus? Approaching the reduction of equivocality in process innovations
Mälardalen University, School of Innovation, Design and Engineering, Innovation and Product Realisation.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0798-0753
Mälardalen University, School of Innovation, Design and Engineering, Innovation and Product Realisation.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5963-2470
Mälardalen University, School of Innovation, Design and Engineering, Innovation and Product Realisation.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7935-8811
Mälardalen University, School of Innovation, Design and Engineering, Innovation and Product Realisation.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-4308-2678
(English)In: International Journal of Manufacturing Research IJMR, ISSN 1750-0591Article in journal (Refereed) Accepted
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.

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Switzerland.
Keywords [en]
production, process innovation, case study, equivocality, strategic objective, decision area, external fit, internal fit, uncertainty
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Engineering and Technology Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-43935OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mdh-43935DiVA, id: diva2:1323146
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INNOFACTURE - innovative manufacturing developmentAvailable from: 2019-06-11 Created: 2019-06-11 Last updated: 2019-06-11Bibliographically approved

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