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IMPLICATIONS OF ENVIRONMENTAL REQUIREMENTS: – CHANGE PROCESSES IN PRODUCTION SYSTEMS
Mälardalen University, School of Innovation, Design and Engineering, Innovation and Product Realisation. (IPR)ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7806-0749
Mälardalen University, School of Innovation, Design and Engineering, Innovation and Product Realisation. (IPR)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-1507-2678
Mälardalen University, School of Innovation, Design and Engineering, Innovation and Product Realisation. (IPR)ORCID iD: 0000-0003-3187-7932
2013 (English)In: International Conference on Production Research, 2013Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

New requirements from environmental and sustainability perspectives trigger new demands on companies and abilities to change their production systems. The objective of this paper is to present a multiple, retrospective case study where new solutions to meet environmental requirements have been implemented. The cases have been reviewed based on how the companies have managed to sustain and assure the functionality and performance of products when they were adapting and developing surface treatment processes. The paper presents criteria for a successful implementation, as well as obstacles and their effect on the business. A risk exposure is identified when changing the chemical processes, and certain key factors, such as testing and verification, cooperation, management and clear directives, committed key persons, and the number of variables in change, are identified as important for a successful implementation.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2013.
Keyword [en]
Change Management, Surface Treatment, Environment, Life Cycle, Sustainability, Quality Management
National Category
Engineering and Technology Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-22299Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84929378407OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mdh-22299DiVA: diva2:661080
Conference
22nd International Conference on Production Research, July 28th-August 1st, 2013, Igassu Falls, Brazil
Projects
INNOFACTURE - innovative manufacturing developmentxpres
Funder
XPRES - Initiative for excellence in production research
Available from: 2013-10-31 Created: 2013-10-31 Last updated: 2015-11-04Bibliographically approved
In thesis
1. Model for change in production systems triggered by environmental requirements: considerations, drivers, key factors
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Model for change in production systems triggered by environmental requirements: considerations, drivers, key factors
2015 (English)Licentiate thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Industry is a key player in the transition to a sustainable society where manufacturing companies need to respond to the challenges of environmental concerns in several ways. Still, even if several efforts have been made in practise and academia, more research within operations management is addressed in relation to implementing sustainable solutions. The management of change in production systems, such as energy efficiency, will be one of the important future areas for the industry.

In accordance, the objective of the licentiate thesis is, by theoretical and empirical work, focused on developing a model to support the implementation of environmental requirements. Literature reviews as well as two empirical case studies have been conducted in order to explore the environmentally driven change. The first case study conducted is an retrospective multiple case study, including four cases studying the implications of implementation of technology and identifying key factors effecting the outcome of the change. The second case study is an international multiple study, including nine case companies. The study explores what needs to be considered, the drivers for initiating change as well as the key factors effecting the outcome of the change process. The studies conducted and the results are presented in five appended papers.

The research identifies three important links for managing environmentally driven change: how the requirements are introduced, how and if the link between strategic and operational level has been considered and how the need for change is transferred to action and implementation. By providing a system approach for managing change, it also points out the importance of understanding the organisational abilities and maturity of the companies that influence the projects. The result points out sets of drivers as well as key factors, related to the organisational abilities, that are effecting the outcome.

As future research the model, that is developed to support operations management in their work to implement environmentally driven change, needs to be validated in practise. In particular research on the personal commitment and the collaboration is addressed to be studied in relation to a systematic approach as well as how to balance the priorities during the implementation.

 

 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Västerås: Mälardalen University, 2015
Series
Mälardalen University Press Licentiate Theses, ISSN 1651-9256 ; 195
Keyword
change management, environment, sustainable development
National Category
Engineering and Technology Environmental Engineering
Research subject
Innovation and Design
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-27644 (URN)978-91-7485-190-8 (ISBN)
Presentation
2015-04-23, Raspen, Smedjegatan 37, Eskilstuna, 15:15 (Swedish)
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Knowledge Foundation
Available from: 2015-03-06 Created: 2015-03-05 Last updated: 2015-03-27Bibliographically approved

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