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  • 1.
    Bengtsson, Marcus
    et al.
    Mälardalen University, School of Innovation, Design and Engineering.
    Elfving, Sofi
    Mälardalen University, School of Innovation, Design and Engineering.
    Jackson, Mats
    Mälardalen University, School of Innovation, Design and Engineering.
    The Factory-in-a-Box Concept and Its Maintenance Application2006In: Proceedings of the 19th International Congress on Condition Monitoring and Diagnostic Engineering Management, Lulea, Sweden, 2006Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]
    The “Factory-in-a-Box” concept is currently being developed in a Swedish research project and consists of standardized production modules that are installed in a container and transported by e.g. a truck or by train. The modules may rapidly be combined into production systems that can be reconfigured for a new product and/or scaled to handle new volumes. The key features of this futuristic production system concept are thus flexibility, mobility, and speed. The objective with this paper is to discuss how research within the area of maintenance and condition monitoring will help realizing flexibility, mobility, and speed within the Factory-in-a-Box concept. The paper presents how maintenance will be an important enabler in the Factory-in-a-Box project and will explain and describe how maintenance should be used in achieving high availability.
  • 2.
    Brannemo, Anette
    et al.
    Mälardalen University, School of Innovation, Design and Engineering.
    Elfving, Sofi
    Mälardalen University, School of Innovation, Design and Engineering.
    To Join Industrial Alliances - Strategic Decision or Not?2004Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 3.
    Cedergren, Stefan
    et al.
    Mälardalen University, School of Innovation, Design and Engineering.
    Elfving, Sofi W
    Mälardalen University, School of Innovation, Design and Engineering.
    Eriksson, Joakim
    Mälardalen University, School of Innovation, Design and Engineering.
    Parida, Vinit
    Luleå University of Technology.
    A Road Map for Future Research on Industrial Product-Service Systems (IPS2): A Systematic Review2013In: The Philosopher's Stone for Sustainability: Proceedings of the 4th CIRP International Conference on Industrial Product-Service Systems, Springer Berlin/Heidelberg, 2013, p. 185-190Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    There is an ongoing trend to expand traditional offerings of selling goods towards providing value through services to customers. In academia the term Industrial Product-Service Systems (IPS2) describes this phenomenon. Although many articles have been published on IPS2 a systematic review is lacking. This paper presents a systematic review of the IPS2 domain. Five themes characterizing IPS2 are revealed: delivery, processes, value creation networks, knowledge management, and business models. IPS2 is concluded to be both a young and distributed field of research, with a scope that needs to expand in terms of the themes covered and number of empirical studies.

  • 4.
    Cedergren, Stefan
    et al.
    Mälardalen University, School of Innovation, Design and Engineering.
    Elfving, Sofi W
    Mälardalen University, School of Innovation, Design and Engineering.
    Eriksson, Joakim
    Mälardalen University, School of Innovation, Design and Engineering.
    Parida, Vinit
    Analysis of the Industrial Product-Service Systems (IPS2) Literature: A Systematic Review2012In: The 6th IEEE International Conference on Management of Innovation and Technology, 2012, p. 733-740Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Successful industrial goods-delivering companies are always looking for ways to develop and grow their business. A strong present trend is to expand the traditionally tangible offering by integrating intangible offerings i.e. services. In academia the term industrial product-service systems (IPS2) are being used to describe this paradigm shift. However, a systematic review of the IPS2 literature is lacking. In this paper publications regarding IPS2 are systematically reviewed. The result of our review has been categorized under five themes that we found characterizes IPS2: delivery, processes, value creation networks, knowledge management, and business models. Based on our findings a discussion is made and future research directions are identified.

  • 5.
    Elfving, Sofi
    Mälardalen University, Department of Innovation, Design and Product Development.
    Important Factors for Project Performance in Collaborative Product Development: A Survey Investigating Contextual Settings2009In: International Journal of Product Development, ISSN 1477-9056, E-ISSN 1741-8178, Vol. 8, no 2, p. 193-210Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Although much research has focused on cross-functionality in product development, few studies focus on the contextual setting of the collaborative product development project. This article presents the results from a survey. The survey aims to identify the relationships between project performance and different factors when the contextual setting varies. The studied projects involved different functions: suppliers, partners, maintenance, etc. Three contextual settings were explored, including internal product development, integrated product development and distributed product development. Six factors were found to have strong correlation with project performance. Measurability of requirements, shared visions and goals for the project team, and the decision-making process were highly correlated with project performance. Several of the factors correlated strongly with the project performance in distributed product development. The relationships are presented in a system model. This article in particular, shows the importance of decision-making among actors in a distributed context.

  • 6.
    Elfving, Sofi
    Mälardalen University, Department of Innovation, Design and Product Development.
    Managing Collaborative Product Development: A Model for Identifying Key Factors in Product Development Projects2007Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other scientific)
    Abstract [en]

    The increasing complexity of products and systems today has forced new processes, methods, and tools for managing the development of products. It has also forced the development of complex organisations and diverse relationships among functions and peoples within product development organisations. This implies a need for integrated processes. There is a need to study collaborative product development (CPD) from a holistic perspective, where internal as well as external collaboration are studied as integrated parts of CPD settings.

    Thus, the main purpose of the research project is to facilitate the efficient execution of collaborative product development projects in the manufacturing industry. Further, the objective is to provide a supporting model for analysing and setting up projects in CPD settings. This will enable successful product development in terms of lowering costs, increasing the perceived quality of the product, and improving the timing to market. The focus is on the CPD projects, linking internal and external collaboration.

    A systems approach is applied to the research project to obtain the holistic view needed for addressing the CPD setting. Within the research project, case study research is used as the primary method when gathering empirics. The results from four case studies are tested and analysed in a concluding survey.

    The results show that shared visions and goals, the decision-making process, tools and methods, requirement management, and involvement are the most important factors for efficient CPD projects. If the collaborative complexity is high, the first four factors are especially important. The results are presented in a model to be used as a support when setting-up and managing CPD projects. The model is applied together with a process for managing CPD projects.

  • 7.
    Elfving, Sofi
    Mälardalen University, Department of Innovation, Design and Product Development.
    Managing collaborative product development in small companies : A framework for a product development model2004Licentiate thesis, comprehensive summary (Other scientific)
  • 8.
    Elfving, Sofi
    Mälardalen University, Department of Innovation, Design and Product Development.
    Understanding Complexity of Product Development in Small Companies: A Case Study2004In: DS 34: Proceedings EDIProD 2004, Zielona Gora, Poland, 07.-09.10.2004, 2004, p. 149-158Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 9.
    Elfving, Sofi
    et al.
    Mälardalen University, Department of Innovation, Design and Product Development.
    Fagerström, Björn
    Efficient Collaborative Product Development: Critical Aspects and Parameters Influencing the Outcome of Collaboration2006Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 10.
    Elfving, Sofi
    et al.
    Mälardalen University, Department of Innovation, Design and Product Development.
    Funk, Peter
    Enabling Knowledge Transfer in Product Development and Production: Methods and Techniques From Artificial Intelligence2006Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 11.
    Elfving, Sofi
    et al.
    Mälardalen University, School of Innovation, Design and Engineering.
    Hellström, A
    Mälardalen University, School of Innovation, Design and Engineering.
    Need for Change in Engineering Design: How to Increase the Number of Women in Business2006Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 12.
    Elfving, Sofi
    et al.
    Mälardalen University, Department of Innovation, Design and Product Development.
    Jackson, Mats
    A Model for Evaluating and Improving Collaborative Product Development2005In: Proceedings ICED 05, the 15th International Conference on Engineering Design, Volume DS 35, 2005Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 13.
    Elfving, Sofi
    et al.
    Mälardalen University, School of Innovation, Design and Engineering.
    Jackson, Mats
    Mälardalen University, School of Innovation, Design and Engineering.
    Improving producability of new products through concurrent engineering2003In: Proceedings of the 10th ISPE International Conference on Concurrent Engineering2003, 2003, p. 305-310Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The competition of today is truly global with fragmented markets and customers expecting to get the best product at the best price with immediate availability. Success in manufacturing, and indeed survival, is increasingly more difficult to ensure and it requires continuous development and improvement of how the products are produced. Meeting customer demands requires a high degree of flexibility, low-cost/low-volume manufacturing skills, and short delivery times. Future competition is dependent of the producability of new products, how efficient products can be produced and delivered from supplier to customer. Measuring and evaluation producability is thus a critical issue within product development and demands concurrent engineering and cooperation between product and process development. This paper presents a case study, performed to investigate how concurrent engineering works in reality within industry. Which production requirements should be formulated to compete in a turbulent business environment and how is producability of new products measured and evaluated? How can cooperation between product- and process development be improved?

  • 14.
    Elfving, Sofi W
    et al.
    Mälardalen University, School of Innovation, Design and Engineering.
    Urquhart, Neil
    Product Service System Challenges within Telecommunication: Reaching the Era of Mutual Dependency2012In: The Philosopher's Stone for Sustainability: Proceedings of the 4th CIRP International Conference on Industrial Product-Service Systems, Springer, 2012, p. 269-274Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Telecommunication companies are in a state of transition, going from product focus towards more service focused business approaches, and the development has been ongoing for many years. This paper takes a Product Service Systems perspective on the product-to-service transition process in the telecommunication industry by presenting the case of Ericsson. It is argued that a Product Service System approach would support the co-existence of both products and services, their mutual dependency on each other and thus gain competitive advantages for the company. Further, an Organisational Maturity and Offering Matrix is presented and the Ericsson case is mapped to it.

  • 15.
    Elfving, Sofi W
    et al.
    Ericsson AB, Sweden.
    Washington, Nina
    Ericsson AB, Sweden.
    Lienert, Antje
    Ruhr University Bochum, Germany.
    Wilkens, Uta
    Ruhr University Bochum, Germany.
    At a Crossroads: Case Study Analysis of the Organizational Challenges within the Transformation Path to an IPS22014In: Procedia CIRP, ISSN 2212-8271, E-ISSN 2212-8271, Vol. 16, p. 326-331Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Many ICT companies are transforming, going from a product focus towards more service focused business approaches. This transformation process has been on-going for a couple of decades now and places high demands, not only on the technological development and business models but also on the companies ability to mature and transform the organizational setup, leadership capabilities, and the need for different types of competencies. This paper analyzes the servitization process within the ICT industry by presenting a case study that addresses the organizational challenges and gives tentative answers on how to cope with them.

  • 16.
    Eriksson, Joakim
    et al.
    Mälardalen University, School of Innovation, Design and Engineering.
    Fagerström, Björn
    Mälardalen University, School of Innovation, Design and Engineering.
    Elfving, Sofi
    Mälardalen University, School of Innovation, Design and Engineering.
    Efficient Decision-Making in Product Development2007In: International Conference of Engineering Design. 2007, ICED, 2007Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]
    Product development projects need to be managed in a timely and efficient manner in the present competitive business environment. The authors of this work argue that the commonly used product development models do not fully meet this demand, and the decision-making process needs to be made explicit. This work mainly focuses on the product development process. Two companies were studied using case study research. The aim of the case study was to identify key factors affecting the decision-making process in product development. The type of collaboration used in these two companies was also investigated in order to identify the influence it had on the decision-making process of each. The two companies had different views of the decision-making process which were related to their level of development process knowledge. Common factors affecting the decision-making process in product development were divided into ten categories: (1) Handling of requirements, (2) Experience of projects, (3) Organizational aspects, (4) Project management, (5) Top management, (6) Knowledge, (7) Risk management, (8) Information systems, (9) Communication, and (10) Change management.
  • 17.
    Eriksson, Joakim
    et al.
    Mälardalen University, Department of Innovation, Design and Product Development.
    Fagerström, Björn
    Mälardalen University, Department of Innovation, Design and Product Development.
    Elfving, Sofie
    Mälardalen University, Department of Innovation, Design and Product Development.
    EFFICIENT DECISION-MAKING IN PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT2007In: Proceedings of ICED 2007, the 16th International Conference on Engineering Design, vol DS 42, 2007Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Product development projects need to be managed in a timely and efficient manner in the present competitive business environment. The authors of this work argue that the commonly used product development models do not fully meet this demand, and the decision-making process needs to be made explicit. This work mainly focuses on the product development process. Two companies were studied using case study research. The aim of the case study was to identify key factors affecting the decision-making process in product development. The type of collaboration used in these two companies was also investigated in order to identify the influence it had on the decision-making process of each. The two companies had different views of the decision-making process which were related to their level of development process knowledge. Common factors affecting the decision-making process in product development were divided into ten categories: (1) Handling of requirements, (2) Experience of projects, (3) Organizational aspects, (4) Project management, (5) Top management, (6) Knowledge, (7) Risk management, (8) Information systems, (9) Communication, and (10) Change management.

  • 18.
    Jackson, Mats
    et al.
    Mälardalen University, School of Innovation, Design and Engineering.
    Elfving, Sofi
    Mälardalen University, School of Innovation, Design and Engineering.
    A model for evaluating and improving collaborative product development2005In: Proceedings of ICED05, 2005Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 19.
    Lienert, Antje
    et al.
    Ruhr University Bochum, Germany.
    Elfving, Sofi W
    Mälardalen University, School of Innovation, Design and Engineering, Innovation and Product Realisation.
    Washington, Nina
    Ericsson Research, Sweden.
    Wilkens, Uta
    Ruhr University Bochum, Germany.
    ENABLER OR INHIBITOR - UNDERSTANDING THE ROLE OF KPIS2014In: 3rd International Business Servitization Conference Servitization, 2014Conference paper (Refereed)
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