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Managing environmentally driven change in manufacturing organisations: Moving from reactive to proactive behaviour
Mälardalen University, School of Innovation, Design and Engineering, Innovation and Product Realisation. (Divisionen för innovation och produktrealisering, Innofacture)ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7806-0749
Mälardalen University, School of Innovation, Design and Engineering, Innovation and Product Realisation. (Divisionen för innovation och produktrealisering)ORCID iD: 0000-0003-3187-7932
Mälardalen University, School of Innovation, Design and Engineering, Innovation and Product Realisation.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-8291-7362
2016 (English)In: International Journal of Productivity and Quality Management, ISSN 1746-6474, E-ISSN 1746-6482, no 2-3, p. 347-363Article in journal (Other academic) Published
Abstract [en]

Manufacturing companies must become better at managing environmentally driven change in order to establish a sustainable world for future generations. Environmental issues such as energy, natural resources, pollution and waste offer both competitive opportunities and constraints, and are changing the competitive landscape in many industries. Even though several incentives have been initiated such as integrating the environmental management system into the quality management systems, still more needs to be done to achieve sustainable operations. In order to increase understanding of the strategic context of environmentally driven changes this paper explores driving forces for the implementation of environmental improvements within an organisation. Additionally, key factors supporting a successful implementation are further analysed. A framework is proposed which links together lessons learnt from implementing change from change- and quality management into sustainability- and environmental management in order to support manufacturing companies in their decision process towards a better environmental position.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. no 2-3, p. 347-363
Keywords [en]
Change; Environment; Lean; Manufacturing; Quality management; Sustainable development; Total quality management; TQM
National Category
Engineering and Technology Other Engineering and Technologies
Research subject
Innovation and Design
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-27653OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mdh-27653DiVA, id: diva2:793093
Funder
Knowledge FoundationAvailable from: 2015-03-06 Created: 2015-03-06 Last updated: 2017-12-04Bibliographically approved
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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
Keywords
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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Supervisors
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Knowledge Foundation
Available from: 2015-03-06 Created: 2015-03-05 Last updated: 2015-03-27Bibliographically approved
2. Time to change: zipping sustainability into operations
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Time to change: zipping sustainability into operations
2017 (English)Doctoral 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. The need for managing environmental technological change in production systems is and will continue to be a challenge for manufacturing companies, as they often tend to focus on short-term priorities to stay economically competitive, rather than developing the organisation to manage longer-term environmental competitiveness.

In accordance with this, the objective of the thesis is to develop an understanding of how to manage environmental technological change in a production system. By identifying four categories of contextual preparedness, these being short-term focused, trade-off prepared, balance-seeking or long-term prepared, the thesis provides perspectives on how to manage change related to time and contextual aspects. The operation managers need to manage the projects by allocating individuals who can work systematically and build a strong knowledge base by collaborating with internal and external stakeholders. It shows that knowledge is not only about technology but also about realising the need for change and developing strong longer-term objectives.

A model is developed to support operations managers with purposeful actions, such as reflecting upon their long-term capabilities and making conscious decisions when to manage their environmental technology change processes regarding their own production system. The model presents how to “zip” sustainability into operations, so as to provide guidance for operations managers on how to systematically manage long-term change in a context that needs to work with multiple time aspects - and priorities. By using the term zip it is emphasised that the long-term developments have to be consciously integrated into the organisation aligned to the short-term needs.

Literature reviews, as well as four empirical case studies, have been conducted in order to explore environmental technological change. In the first two studies, the factors which affect environmental technological change in a production system have been identified. In the two subsequent studies the change processes as such were studied, leading to an increased understanding of how the production system and temporal dimensions influence the change processes. The studies conducted and the results are presented in six appended papers.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Västerås: Mälardalen University Press, 2017. p. 89
Series
Mälardalen University Press Dissertations, ISSN 1651-4238 ; 243
Keywords
sustainable operations, environment, technological change
National Category
Environmental Engineering
Research subject
Innovation and Design
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-37110 (URN)978-91-7485-353-7 (ISBN)
Public defence
2017-12-08, Raspen, Smedjegatan 37, Eskilstuna, 10:00 (English)
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Knowledge Foundation
Available from: 2017-10-20 Created: 2017-10-20 Last updated: 2017-11-17Bibliographically approved

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