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Mihocic, E., Gharehbaghi, K., Hilletofth, P., Tee, K. F. & Myers, M. (2024). Augmenting the cities’ and metropolitan regional demands for mega rail infrastructure: the application of SWOT and factor analysis. Smart and Sustainable Built Environment
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2024 (English)In: Smart and Sustainable Built Environment, ISSN 2046-6099, E-ISSN 2046-6102Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

Purpose: In successfully meeting city and metropolitan growth, sustainable development is compulsory. Sustainability is a must-focus for any project, particularly for large and mega rail infrastructure. This paper aims to investigate to what degree social, environmental and economic factors influence the government when planning sustainable rail infrastructure projects. To respond to such a matter, this paper focuses on two Australian mega-rail projects: the South West Rail Link (SWRL) and the Mernda Rail Extension (MRE). Design/methodology/approach: As the basis of an experimental evaluation framework strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats (SWOT) and factor analysis were used. These two methods were specifically selected as comparative tools for SWRL and SWRL projects, to measure their overall sustainability effect. Findings: Using factor analysis, in the MRE, the factors of network capacity, accessibility, employment and urban planning were seen frequently throughout the case study. However, politics and economic growth had lower frequencies throughout this case study. This difference between the high-weighted factors is likely a key element that determined the SWRL to be more sustainable than the MRE. The SWOT analysis showed the strengths the MRE had over the SWRL such as resource use and waste management, and natural habitat preservation. These two analyses have shown that overall, calculating the sustainability levels of a project can be subjective, based on the conditions surrounding various analysis techniques. Originality/value: This paper first introduces SWRL and MRE projects followed by a discussion about their overall sustainable development. Both projects go beyond the traditional megaprojects' goal of improving economic growth by developing and enhancing infrastructure. Globally, for such projects, sustainability measures are now considered alongside the goal of economic growth. Second, SWOT and factor analysis are undertaken to further evaluate the complexity of such projects. This includes their overall sustainable development vision alignment with environmental, economic and social factors.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Emerald Group Publishing Limited, 2024
Keywords
Factor analysis, Mega rail infrastructure, Rail projects, SWOT analysis, Economic analysis, Multivariant analysis, Railroad transportation, Sustainable development, Waste management, Economic growths, Environmental factors, Factors analysis, Rail infrastructure, Rail links, Social factor, Strength analysis, Threats analysis
National Category
Infrastructure Engineering
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-63275 (URN)10.1108/SASBE-02-2023-0044 (DOI)2-s2.0-85180888239 (Scopus ID);intsam;926135 (Local ID);intsam;926135 (Archive number);intsam;926135 (OAI)
Available from: 2024-01-10 Created: 2024-01-10 Last updated: 2024-01-10
Sequeira, M., Adlemo, A. & Hilletofth, P. (2023). A hybrid fuzzy-AHP-TOPSIS model for evaluation of manufacturing relocation decisions. Operations Management Research, 16, 164-191
Open this publication in new window or tab >>A hybrid fuzzy-AHP-TOPSIS model for evaluation of manufacturing relocation decisions
2023 (English)In: Operations Management Research, ISSN 1936-9735, E-ISSN 1936-9743, Vol. 16, p. 164-191Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Manufacturing relocation decisions are complex because they involve combinations of location modes like offshoring or reshoring, and governance modes like insourcing or outsourcing. Furthermore, the uncertainty involved in the decision-making process makes it challenging to reach a right-shoring decision. This study presents a hybrid fuzzy-AHP-TOPSIS model to support generic relocation decisions. Industry experts were involved in a pairwise comparison of the competitive priorities’ decision criteria. A meta-synthesis of empirical studies is used to generate theoretical relocation scenarios. The presented hybrid model is used to rank the relocation scenarios in order to identify the most pertinent alternative. The resiliency of the solution is presented through a sensitivity analysis. The results indicate that the proposed hybrid model can simultaneously handle all the main relocation options involving governance modes. Based on the input data in this study, the competitive priorities criteria quality, time and cost are shown to have a strong impact, whereas the sustainability criterion has a weak impact on the choice of relocation option. The research presented in this paper contributes to the research field of manufacturing relocation by demonstrating the suitability of the hybrid fuzzy-AHP-TOPSIS model for relocation decisions and the resilience of the results. Furthermore, the research contributes to practice by providing managers with a generic relocation decision-support model that is capable of simultaneously handling and evaluating various relocation alternatives.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Springer, 2023
Keywords
Decision-making, Fuzzy-AHP, Fuzzy-TOPSIS, Manufacturing relocation, Offshoring, Reshoring
National Category
Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-58036 (URN)10.1007/s12063-022-00284-6 (DOI)000819311400001 ()2-s2.0-85133198844 (Scopus ID)HOA;;822868 (Local ID)HOA;;822868 (Archive number)HOA;;822868 (OAI)
Funder
Knowledge Foundation, 20200058
Available from: 2022-07-25 Created: 2022-07-25 Last updated: 2023-03-20Bibliographically approved
Papadonikolaki, E., Tezel, A., Yitmen, I. & Hilletofth, P. (2023). Blockchain innovation ecosystems orchestration in construction. Industrial management & data systems, 123(2), 672-694
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Blockchain innovation ecosystems orchestration in construction
2023 (English)In: Industrial management & data systems, ISSN 0263-5577, E-ISSN 1758-5783, Vol. 123, no 2, p. 672-694Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Purpose: Rapid advancements in blockchain technology transform various sectors, attracting the attention of industrialists, practitioners, policymakers and academics, and profoundly affect construction businesses through smart contracts and crypto-economics. This paper explores the blockchain innovation ecosystem in construction.

Design/methodology/approach: Through a qualitative study of 23 diverse interviewees, the study explores how open or closed the blockchain innovation ecosystem in construction is and who its emerging orchestrators are.

Findings: The data showed that construction aims towards an open innovation blockchain ecosystem, although there are elements of hybridisation and closedness, each system pointing out to different orchestrators.

Practical implications: The study has implications for governments and large companies in construction, showing that open innovation initiatives need to be encouraged by policymakers through rules, regulations and government-sponsored demonstrator projects.

Social implications: The data showed that there is lack of readiness for business model change to support open innovation blockchain ecosystems in construction.

Originality/value: This is the first study applying the open innovation theory in the construction industry and sheds light into the phenomenon of blockchain, suggesting routes for further democratisation of the technology for policymakers and practitioners.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Emerald Group Publishing Limited, 2023
Keywords
Architectural design, Blockchain, Construction industry, Block-chain, Building information modeling, Building Information Modelling, Construction business, Design/methodology/approach, Ecosystem orchestrations, Innovation, Open innovation, Policy makers, Qualitative study, Ecosystems, Building information modelling (BIM), Ecosystem, Ecosystem orchestration
National Category
Construction Management
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-59080 (URN)10.1108/IMDS-03-2022-0134 (DOI)000889682000001 ()2-s2.0-85142713134 (Scopus ID)HOA;intsam;1716077 (Local ID)HOA;intsam;1716077 (Archive number)HOA;intsam;1716077 (OAI)
Available from: 2022-12-05 Created: 2022-12-05 Last updated: 2023-08-30Bibliographically approved
Reitsma, E., Haug, A., Hilletofth, P. & Johansson, E. (2023). Engaging with ‘Engineer for Supply Chain’ (EfSC): insights from two engineer-to-order manufacturers. Production planning & control (Print)
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Engaging with ‘Engineer for Supply Chain’ (EfSC): insights from two engineer-to-order manufacturers
2023 (English)In: Production planning & control (Print), ISSN 0953-7287, E-ISSN 1366-5871Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

The practice of ‘Design for Supply Chain’ (DfSC) aims at integrating strategic sourcing into manufacturers’ new product development (NPD) processes. The literature on this topic, however, mainly focuses on contexts involving high-volume, standardised products, while the engineer-to-order (ETO) context has received only limited attention. As argued in this paper, this constitutes a gap in the literature since the findings from high-volume, standardised contexts may not be directly applicable to the ETO context. To support this claim, a case study approach is used to explore DfSC in two ETO manufacturers. This paper terms this practice ‘Engineer for Supply Chain’ (EfSC) and identifies four dimensions that it comprises: (1) consideration of strategic sourcing in NPD, (2) representation of the sourcing function in NPD, (3) collaboration between the R&D and sourcing functions, and (4) adoption of methods for considering strategic sourcing in NPD. Although these dimensions partly overlap with the literature on DfSC, the characteristics of EfSC differ—most notably by requiring the consideration of strategic sourcing before the product design stage of NPD, as well as procedures that encourage this consideration. Finally, the study identifies relationships among the dimensions and develops a holistic four-step process for engaging with EfSC.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Taylor & Francis, 2023
Keywords
Design for supply chain, strategic sourcing, new product development, engineer-to-order, Engineer for Supply Chain, case study
National Category
Business Administration Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-59093 (URN)10.1080/09537287.2023.2273989 (DOI)001097797400001 ()2-s2.0-85176097504 (Scopus ID)HOA;intsam;1716328 (Local ID)HOA;intsam;1716328 (Archive number)HOA;intsam;1716328 (OAI)
Funder
Knowledge Foundation
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Included in doctoral thesis in manuscript form.

Available from: 2022-12-05 Created: 2022-12-05 Last updated: 2023-12-11
Fobbe, L. & Hilletofth, P. (2023). Moving toward a circular economy in manufacturing organizations: the role of circular stakeholder engagement practices. The International Journal of Logistics Management, 34(3), 674-698
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Moving toward a circular economy in manufacturing organizations: the role of circular stakeholder engagement practices
2023 (English)In: The International Journal of Logistics Management, ISSN 0957-4093, Vol. 34, no 3, p. 674-698Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Purpose

The circular economy (CE) approach has been acknowledged as key for manufacturing organizations wishing to overcome sustainability challenges. However, the transition has been slow. Stakeholder engagement is a driver of the transition, but there is limited knowledge on stakeholder engagement practices in a CE context. The purpose of this paper is thus to explore with whom, on what and how organizations engage with stakeholders to implement CE as part of sustainability efforts.

Design/methodology/approach

This study is situated at the intersection of CE, stakeholder theory and supply chain literature. A case study with three Swedish manufacturing organizations was conducted to explore stakeholder engagement practices that facilitate the implementation of CE in organizational practice and the supply chain, considering conceptual differences between stakeholder engagement for sustainability and CE.

Findings

This study provides empirical evidence on how manufacturing organizations engage stakeholders to implement CE as part of organizations' sustainability efforts. The study highlights that manufacturing organizations have to move not only from linear to circular resource flows, but also from linear to circular stakeholder engagement. Such engagement can be achieved by extending with whom, expanding on what and leveling up how stakeholders are engaged.

Originality/value

This study provides an enhanced conceptual understanding of stakeholder engagement in the CE context and discusses differences regarding stakeholder engagement based on linear thinking. The study emphasizes the role of circular stakeholder engagement practices for the transition toward CE in manufacturing organizations.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Emerald Group Publishing Limited, 2023
Keywords
Circular economy, Stakeholder theory, Supply chain management, Sustainability, Manufacturing organizations
National Category
Environmental Management Transport Systems and Logistics
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-59019 (URN)10.1108/IJLM-03-2022-0143 (DOI)000885588900001 ()2-s2.0-85142121186 (Scopus ID)HOA;;845134 (Local ID)HOA;;845134 (Archive number)HOA;;845134 (OAI)
Available from: 2022-12-01 Created: 2022-12-01 Last updated: 2023-05-16Bibliographically approved
Sordan, J. E., Oprime, P. C., Pimenta, M. L., Chiabert, P., Lombardi, F. & Hilletofth, P. (2023). One-of-a-kind production (OKP) planning and control: a comprehensive review and future research directions. International Journal of Productivity and Performance Management, 72(8), 2446-2466
Open this publication in new window or tab >>One-of-a-kind production (OKP) planning and control: a comprehensive review and future research directions
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2023 (English)In: International Journal of Productivity and Performance Management, ISSN 1741-0401, E-ISSN 1758-6658, Vol. 72, no 8, p. 2446-2466Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Purpose: The aim of this paper is to identify some specificities of production planning and control (PPC) activities in the one-of-a-kind-production (OKP) process through an extensive literature review. Relevant aspects related to systems and PPC activities in the context of OKP environment are discussed, and six opportunities for future research are highlighted.

Design/methodology/approach: The following research is based on a review of 53 articles published in peer-reviewed journals over the past three decades. After an initial descriptive analysis based on bibliometric indicators, a cluster analysis of 15 most cited articles was carried out using multivariate data analysis techniques and in-depth analysis.

Findings: The results reveal some specificities inherent to the clusters featured in the research, including aspects of planning, control and systems for OKP process. This cluster addresses information regarding next-generation manufacturing systems, scheduling and design science, computer simulation and project approach. On the other hand, the authors point out six topics for future research regarding contemporary issues associated with PPC in the context of OKP.

Originality/value: This paper fills an important gap regarding OKP production planning and control practices. The results provide a theoretical overview of different PPC practices suitable for the OKP environment. Furthermore, it can provide insights for scientific developments in order to manage the complexity inherent in the OKP process.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Emerald Group Publishing Limited, 2023
Keywords
Cluster analysis, Industry 4.0, One-of-a-kind production (OKP), Production planning and control (PPC), Systematic literature review
National Category
Business Administration
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-56600 (URN)10.1108/IJPPM-09-2021-0557 (DOI)000794350300001 ()2-s2.0-85129811598 (Scopus ID);intsam;814125 (Local ID);intsam;814125 (Archive number);intsam;814125 (OAI)
Available from: 2022-05-30 Created: 2022-05-30 Last updated: 2024-01-15Bibliographically approved
Reitsma, E., Hilletofth, P. & Johansson, E. (2023). Supply chain design during product development: a systematic literature review. Production planning & control (Print), 34(1), 1-18
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Supply chain design during product development: a systematic literature review
2023 (English)In: Production planning & control (Print), ISSN 0953-7287, E-ISSN 1366-5871, Vol. 34, no 1, p. 1-18Article, review/survey (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This paper explores how supply chains can be designed during product development (PD) through systematically reviewing 143 peer-reviewed journal articles written in English. The findings indicate that practitioners can perform 14 supply chain design (SCD) activities during PD. These activities are grouped into levels and areas, and a model is developed that interrelates SCD with nine product characteristics. Therewith, scholars are given a deep insight into the literature on SCD during PD. The paper also provides a framework for developing company- and project-specific checklists that can be used for multiple purposes, including planning, performing, or evaluating SCD activities before, during, or after PD projects. The implementation of the framework, according to the characteristics of a manufacturer and its PD projects, constitutes an opportunity for the creation of resilient supply chains.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Taylor & Francis, 2023
Keywords
Supply chain design, product development, materials flow, literature review, supply chain resilience
National Category
Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-51917 (URN)10.1080/09537287.2021.1884763 (DOI)000619718800001 ()2-s2.0-85101078086 (Scopus ID)GOA;;721017 (Local ID)GOA;;721017 (Archive number)GOA;;721017 (OAI)
Available from: 2021-02-19 Created: 2021-02-19 Last updated: 2023-01-04Bibliographically approved
Ascic, I., Ascic, J., Hilletofth, P., Pimenta, M. L. & Hilmola, O.-P. (2022). An Evaluation of Critical Capabilities and Improvement Areas for Competitive Manufacturing in a Developed-Country Environment. Sustainability, 14(11), Article ID 6678.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>An Evaluation of Critical Capabilities and Improvement Areas for Competitive Manufacturing in a Developed-Country Environment
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2022 (English)In: Sustainability, E-ISSN 2071-1050, Vol. 14, no 11, article id 6678Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This research evaluates the critical capabilities and improvement areas for competitive manufacturing in a developed-country environment. A multiple-case-study approach is applied, consisting of three manufacturing firms located in Sweden. The case study combines both quantitative and qualitative evaluations of the critical capabilities found in the extant literature. The research reveals fifteen critical capabilities and sixteen improvement areas for competitive manufacturing in a developed-country environment. The results show that the firms develop capabilities in a cumulative manner, starting with cost and quality, continuing with time and flexibility, and finally trying to improve innovation and sustainability. To develop competitive manufacturing operations in developed counties, it is therefore vital to improve capabilities related to time, flexibility, innovation, or sustainability. Irrespective of the targeted capabilities, they must contribute to cost-efficient operations and high quality must always be maintained. The efforts to develop capabilities related to innovation and sustainability may be expensive in the short term, however they can provide better cumulative results and competitiveness in the long term.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
MDPI, 2022
Keywords
manufacturing strategy, capabilities, developed countries, Sweden
National Category
Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-57657 (URN)10.3390/su14116678 (DOI)000808999600001 ()2-s2.0-85132266391 (Scopus ID)GOA;intsam;1676074 (Local ID)GOA;intsam;1676074 (Archive number)GOA;intsam;1676074 (OAI)
Available from: 2022-06-23 Created: 2022-06-23 Last updated: 2022-07-21Bibliographically approved
Renkema, M. & Hilletofth, P. (2022). Intermediate short food supply chains: a systematic review. British Food Journal, 124(13), 541-558
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Intermediate short food supply chains: a systematic review
2022 (English)In: British Food Journal, ISSN 0007-070X, E-ISSN 1758-4108, Vol. 124, no 13, p. 541-558Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Purpose: Intermediate short food supply chains (SFSC) have been presented as a possible solution to unsustainable global food supply chains. There is currently a knowledge gap about intermediate SFSC. Thus, this review synthesizes the available literature to identify prominent themes and their main considerations. Design/methodology/approach: This research is based on a systematic literature review including peer-reviewed journal articles until December 2021. Inductive data coding resulted in the identification of four themes related to intermediate SFSC. Findings: The identified themes illustrate the complex landscape intermediate SFSCs operate in and focus on the key relationships within these supply chains. The established relationships have implications for the governance of intermediate SFSCs. The organization of intermediate SFSCs affects numerous sustainability indicators. Research limitations/implications: Future research should focus on the position intermediate SFSCs have in food systems and the roles intermediaries have in intermediate SFSCs. There is furthermore an opportunity for researchers to investigate different types of intermediaries and explore the factors influencing them. Originality/value: Creating sustainable food supply chains is one of the major societal challenges of today. The current state of the art suggests that intermediate SFSCs could play an important role in achieving this. So far, this area is underdeveloped and this review highlights knowledge gaps in the literature and suggestions for a future research agenda are proposed.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Emerald Group Publishing Limited, 2022
Keywords
article, catering service, human, systematic review, Alternative, Food supply chain, Food systems, Governance, Intermediary, Relationships, Short, Sustainability
National Category
Transport Systems and Logistics
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-59018 (URN)10.1108/BFJ-06-2022-0463 (DOI)000885964900001 ()2-s2.0-85142150383 (Scopus ID)HOA;;845126 (Local ID)HOA;;845126 (Archive number)HOA;;845126 (OAI)
Funder
The Kamprad Family Foundation
Available from: 2022-12-01 Created: 2022-12-01 Last updated: 2022-12-12Bibliographically approved
Kantari, L. A., Pujawan, I. N., Arvitrida, N. I. & Hilletofth, P. (2022). Mixing contract-based and on-demand sourcing of transportation services for improved supply chain performance under supply uncertainties. International journal of systems science: Operations & logistics, 9(4), 472-488
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Mixing contract-based and on-demand sourcing of transportation services for improved supply chain performance under supply uncertainties
2022 (English)In: International journal of systems science: Operations & logistics, ISSN 2330-2674, E-ISSN 2330-2682, Vol. 9, no 4, p. 472-488Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

With increasing demand volatility, companies must develop flexibility at multiple supply-chain stages, including in transportation. One method for doing this is combining long-term contract carriers with on-demand sourcing of transportation capacity from the spot market. In line with the growth of online riding services, on-demand sourcing for trucking services is now emerging. This study investigates mixing contract-based and on-demand sourcing for transportation services in the currently uncertain transportation supply. We describe the uncertainty stemming from the contract market's rejection rate, the variability in terms of truck availability and response times, and the prices offered on the spot market. The situation is modelled using a discrete-event simulation approach to capture the complexity of the system. Our experiment indicates that greater reliance on the spot market could result in a better fill rate but lower delivery punctuality and higher transportation costs. The decision to mix contract-based and on-demand sourcing should consider uncertainty factors on the supply side, including (i) the rejection rate from contract-based carriers, (ii) the availability and waiting times for services from the spot market, and (iii) price uncertainty in the spot market.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Taylor & Francis, 2022
Keywords
Contract sourcing, on-demand sourcing, spot market, transportation, uncertainties
National Category
Transport Systems and Logistics
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-52586 (URN)10.1080/23302674.2021.1922949 (DOI)000646922400001 ()2-s2.0-85108822015 (Scopus ID);intsam;1558708 (Local ID);intsam;1558708 (Archive number);intsam;1558708 (OAI)
Available from: 2021-05-31 Created: 2021-05-31 Last updated: 2023-01-17Bibliographically approved
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