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Lead factory operationalisation and challenges
Division of Product Realization, School of Innovation Design and Engineering, Mälardalen University, Eskilstuna, Sweden.
Jönköping University, School of Engineering, JTH, Industrial Product Development, Production and Design.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-9800-4840
Division of Product Realization, School of Innovation Design and Engineering, Mälardalen University, Eskilstuna, Sweden.
Division of Innovation Management, School of Innovation, Design and Engineering, Mälardalen University, Eskilstuna, Sweden.
2019 (English)In: Production planning & control (Print), ISSN 0953-7287, E-ISSN 1366-5871, Vol. 30, no 2-3, p. 96-111Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This paper deepens the understanding of the lead factory concept by examining how the lead factory role is operationalised and what challenges are associated with it. The research is based on an explorative case study of eight Swedish lead factories in the manufacturing industry. The empirical findings suggest that the understanding of the lead factory concept should be extended as it is not restricted to one type of set-up. The findings show a spectrum ranging from an entire manufacturing plant, parts of a plant, to a virtual plant considered to be the lead factory. The research also shows a broad range of challenges experienced by lead factories. Several of these are related to and originate from unclear role, responsibility and mandate of the lead factory. The lack of dedicated resources for lead factory activities, specifically long-term development and difficulties in measuring the benefits of the role, were other challenges faced. 

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Taylor & Francis, 2019. Vol. 30, no 2-3, p. 96-111
Keywords [en]
global operations management, Lead factory, manufacturing networks, plant roles, site characteristics, Manufacture, Lead factories, Industrial research
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Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-43606DOI: 10.1080/09537287.2018.1534292ISI: 000465008000002Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85064548687Local ID: HOA JTH 2019OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hj-43606DiVA, id: diva2:1314401
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Swedish Foundation for Strategic Research Knowledge FoundationAvailable from: 2019-05-08 Created: 2019-05-08 Last updated: 2019-05-08Bibliographically approved

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