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Proposal of a deliberate discovery-learning approach to building exploration capabilities in a manufacturing organization
Mälardalen University, School of Innovation, Design and Engineering.
2013 (English)In: Advances in Sustainable and Competitive Manufacturing Systems: 23rd International Conference on Flexible Automation & Intelligent Manufacturing, Springer, 2013, p. 1249-1262Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Many manufacturing organizations in developed countries need to be proficient in not only incremental improvements but also radical innovations. Radical innovations largely depend on exploration capabilities, in other words capabilities of searching, discovering, and developing radically new systems, processes, and operational practices. Since many manufacturing organizations are proficient in incremental improvements, an important challenge for them is to develop the exploration capabilities across the organizations. However, little knowledge has been accumulated as to how to develop such capabilities in practice. The main purpose of this paper is to propose an approach to building organization’s exploration capabilities. In the approach, the capabilities are built through leaders iteratively and deliberately creating situations where groups in an organization have to or can be more explorative. The approach is made by analogy from how organizational changes toward lean manufacturing were driven by an experienced lean consultant. In addition, this paper presents a model of how to practically apply the approach at companies. The model is developed firstly based on existing theories then modified through employing the model at a manufacturing company.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Springer, 2013. p. 1249-1262
Series
Lecture Notes in Mechanical Engineering, ISSN 2195-4356
National Category
Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-20900DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-00557-7_102Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84950976148ISBN: 978-3-319-00556-0 (print)ISBN: 978-3-319-00557-7 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mdh-20900DiVA, id: diva2:640565
Conference
23rd International conference on Flexible Automation and Intelligent Manufacturing
Projects
xpres
Funder
XPRES - Initiative for excellence in production researchAvailable from: 2013-08-13 Created: 2013-08-13 Last updated: 2016-01-07Bibliographically approved
In thesis
1. Kaikaku in production toward creating unique production systems
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Kaikaku in production toward creating unique production systems
2013 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

In the business environment characterized by the severe global competition and the fast-paced changes, production functions of manufacturing companies must have a capacity of undertaking not only incremental improvement, Kaizen, but also large-scale improvement that is of a radial and innovative nature here called “Kaikaku” (Kaikaku is a Japanese word meaning change or reformation).

Moreover, production functions especially those located in high-wage countries must be proficient in radical innovation in production to maintain their competitive advantages. They must to be capable of creating new knowledge and constantly developing and implementing radically new production technologies, processes, and equipment which make their production systems more “unique”. Here, a unique production system means a production system that is valuable for the company’s competition, rare in the industry, difficult for competitors to imitate, and difficult for them to substitute.

Kaikaku is not a new phenomenon in the industry, and much research has been done on how to manage large-scale changes in Kaikaku. However, the previous research has rarely focused on the relation of Kaikaku and creating unique production systems. Kaikaku can be an effective means to create such systems. The objective of the research presented in the doctoral thesis is to propose how to plan and implement Kaikaku so that it contributes to creating unique production systems. To fulfil the objective, five empirical studies were conducted. In the empirical studies, data were collected through literature review, interviews, participant-observation, and action research. Japanese and Swedish manufacturing companies were studied.

General conclusions of the research are summarized as follows. In order to achieve Kaikaku so that it contributes to realizing unique production systems, the intent and commitment to realize such systems must be present at the strategic level of the organization. Organization structures and resources need to be prepared to support the mentioned kind of Kaikaku. A process of Kaikaku can be a less linear and systematic but more cyclic and emergent process which can be seen as a series of unfolding smaller improvement or development projects that are undertaken during Kaikaku to achieve overall objectives. In each projects exploration and organizational learning are facilitated. The research has also found a specific direction of how to develop a production system in order to make the system more unique. Finally, in the research, a design method that is helpful to create unique production lines, cells, and equipment has been found and studied

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Mälardalens Högskola, 2013
Series
Mälardalen University Press Dissertations, ISSN 1651-4238 ; 143
National Category
Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics
Research subject
Innovation and Design
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-20901 (URN)978-91-7485-116-8 (ISBN)
Public defence
2013-09-27, Filen, Eskilstuna, 10:00 (English)
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Projects
Kaikaku
Funder
XPRES - Initiative for excellence in production research
Available from: 2013-08-14 Created: 2013-08-14 Last updated: 2013-12-06Bibliographically approved

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