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Develop a Process for the Selection of New Continuous Improvement Projects: A case study of the prioritization of Lean Six-Sigmain the quality management team in an assembly industry through the AHP method
Mälardalen University, School of Innovation, Design and Engineering. (Product and Process Development - Production and Logistics)
Mälardalen University, School of Innovation, Design and Engineering. (Product and Process Development - Production and Logistics)
2023 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The research focuses on the selection and prioritization of Continuous Improvement (CI)projects in organizations. This study emphasizes the importance of recognizing appropriatecriteria for selecting projects that align with an organization's needs, skills, and goals. Thechosen criteria are prioritized to ensure that those are crucial to the overall success and have themost significant influence on project decisions. The criteria are obtained through a literaturereview and interviews with the management team in the company. Finally, six critical criteriaare considered for the organization, Health & Safety, Impact on Customers, Financial Impact,Impact on Business Strategy, Risk of Project, and Project Duration. A survey has beenconducted to weight and prioritize the selected criteria based on their importance by using theAnalytic Hierarchy Process (AHP) method.Additionally, the research focuses on the utilization of AHP and Failure Mode and EffectAnalysis (FMEA) in supporting organization project selection. In the following, six CI projectsfrom the organization portfolio are selected to be ranked and weighted based on the criteria’sweight by using the AHP method. The overall weight of each project evaluates as a benefit ofthe project. FMEA, on the other hand, helps identify and address potential failures and risksassociated with projects. By combining AHP and FMEA, organizations can gain acomprehensive understanding of project risks and benefits and make informed decisions onproject selection. To facilitate a holistic understanding, a benefit-risk matrix that integrates theevaluation of both the benefits and risks of the projects is presented. This matrix will serve as avisual representation, enabling decision-makers to assess the trade-offs and make informeddecisions. The final proposed model based on AHP simplifies and organizes the decisionmaking process for the case company and ensures structure and consistency.The overall conclusion highlights the benefits of using the proposed methods, such as improveddecision-making, alignment with organizational goals, and resource optimization. This methodemphasizes the need for a structured approach to project selection and acknowledges thesignificance of risk assessment in project management.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2023. , p. 52
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Mälardalen Studies in Educational Sciences
Keywords [en]
CI Projects, MCDM methods, AHP, FMEA, Project Prioritization
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Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-63038OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mdh-63038DiVA, id: diva2:1765175
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Product and Process Development
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2023-05-31, A4-068, Hamngatan 15, Eskilstuna, 10:30 (English)
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Available from: 2023-06-12 Created: 2023-06-09 Last updated: 2023-06-12Bibliographically approved

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