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Towards a methodology for Kaikaku realization
Mälardalen University, School of Innovation, Design and Engineering. (IPR)ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7523-7959
Mälardalen University, School of Innovation, Design and Engineering. (IPR)
2011 (English)In: Proceedings of the 4th International Swedish Production Symposium, SPS11 / [ed] Jan-Eric Ståhl, Lund, Sweden, 2011Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

In today's globally competitive market where the speed of change is increasing it is of great importance that manufacturing companies are striving to achieve improvements in their production systems resulting in competitive edge. One way of doing this is to strive for radical change by becoming more innovative. Today however, there's a lack of modern methods guiding companies to be not only innovative and creative in their production development process, but also increasingly more innovative while using it. Hence, the objective of this paper is to present and discuss a preliminary first draft of a Kaikaku realization method, primarily based upon Concept Modelling and research within the domains of Operations Management and Strategy, Innovation theory and Change theory. The result is a sequential work process that provides guidance from an initial “current state” of production to a more desirable “future state” based upon an aggressive target that is set in line with the production strategy. Finally, future research is discussed, implying that more research should be subjected to the actual work process as well as the main support provided in the process - aggressive target setting and facilitation of innovative thinking.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Lund, Sweden, 2011.
National Category
Engineering and Technology
Research subject
Innovation and Design
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-13536OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mdh-13536DiVA: diva2:466076
Conference
4th Swedish Production Symposium (SPS11), 3-5 May 2011, Lund, Sweden
Funder
XPRES - Initiative for excellence in production research
Available from: 2011-12-15 Created: 2011-12-15 Last updated: 2013-12-03Bibliographically approved
In thesis
1. Towards radical improvement in production systems
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Towards radical improvement in production systems
2013 (English)Licentiate thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

As the speed of change is increasing, it’s of great importance that manufacturing companies strive to achieve not only incremental improvements, but also radical improvements within their production systems. Thus, more research has to be focused on how to realize radical improvement. In accordance, the objective of the licentiate thesis is to, through theoretical and empirical work, increase the understanding about radical improvement in production and identify what elements need to be considered when designing support on how to implement radical improvement in industrial production. Throughout the research process these issues has been addressed through theoretical and empirical studies. Three studies have been conducted in total, of which two are mainly of theoretical character and one of empirical character. Besides, a state-of-the-art theoretical review has been carried out as well, further framing the findings.

The research results imply that radical improvement in production is a teamwork process that embraces the facilitation of creativity and innovation. The research further implies that there are a number of issues to consider when creating industry-applicable support on how to realize radical improvement in industrial production. For instance, what level of innovation is striven for must be decided, creativity must be facilitated throughout, the opposing cultures of incremental and radical innovation must be managed, and there is a need to apply a holistic perspective, thus embracing not only productivity results but organizational learning as well.

As further work, creating industry-applicable support on how to realize radical improvement in industrial production is advocated, focusing not only on meeting the issues addressed above, but also how to make the support industry-applicable.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Västerås: Mälardalen University, 2013. 63 p.
Series
Mälardalen University Press Licentiate Theses, ISSN 1651-9256 ; 166
Keyword
Improvement, Radical, Innovation, Kaikaku
National Category
Engineering and Technology
Research subject
Innovation and Design
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-18685 (URN)978-91-7485-106-9 (ISBN)
Presentation
2013-05-02, Raspen, Smedjegatan 37, Eskilstuna, 13:15 (Swedish)
Opponent
Supervisors
Projects
Kaikakuprojektet
Funder
XPRES - Initiative for excellence in production research
Available from: 2013-04-19 Created: 2013-03-28 Last updated: 2015-11-13Bibliographically approved

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