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Kaikaku: Radical improvement in production
Mälardalen University, School of Innovation, Design and Engineering. (IPR)ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7523-7959
Department of Product Realization, Swerea IVF. (IPR)
2012 (English)In: WORLD ACADEMY OF SCIENCE, ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY, ISSN 2010-376X, no 69, 758-765 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Considering today’s increasing speed of change, radical and innovative improvement - Kaikaku, is a necessity parallel to continuous incremental improvement - Kaizen, especially for SME’s in order to attain the competitive edge needed to be profitable. During 2011, a qualitative single case study with the objective of realizing a kaikaku in production has been conducted. The case study was run as a one year project using a collaborative approach including both researchers and company representatives. The case study was conducted with the purpose of gaining further knowledge about kaikaku realization as well as its implications. The empirical results provide insights about the great productivity results achieved by applying a specific kaikaku realization approach. However, it also sheds light on the difficulty and contradiction of combining innovation management and production system development.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2012. no 69, 758-765 p.
National Category
Engineering and Technology
Research subject
Innovation and Design
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-17366OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mdh-17366DiVA: diva2:579697
Funder
XPRES - Initiative for excellence in production research
Available from: 2012-12-20 Created: 2012-12-20 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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