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A3 reports for knowledge codification, transfer and creation in research and development organisations
Jönköping University, School of Engineering, JTH. Research area Product Development - Computer supported engineering design.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-6761-597X
Jönköping University, School of Education and Communication, HLK, Lifelong learning/Encell.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-4248-0634
2014 (English)In: International Journal of Product Development, ISSN 1477-9056, E-ISSN 1741-8178, Vol. 19, no 5/6, p. 413-431Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Lean Product Development (LPD) presents ways for companies to restructure and improve their organisations, and an underlying assumption of LPD is that knowledge and learning are critical in such a process.

Previous literature suggested that the A3 report could be used as a knowledge carrier in product development, but it has not shown how this could be accomplished. In this paper, we present an approach to use the A3 report to support knowledge management. The approach was developed in collaboration with and tested at an R&D department.

The theoretical contribution of the paper is its suggestion of a new way of viewing A3s. The application of the concept of boundary object to the A3 report enables us to use the A3 as a powerful means of transferring knowledge from tacit to explicit forms. The empirical contribution presents the A3 knowledge management structure, which supports knowledge codification, transfer and creation.

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2014. Vol. 19, no 5/6, p. 413-431
Keywords [en]
LPD, lean product development, A3 reports, knowledge codification, knowledge transfer, knowledge creation, knowledge reuse, research and development, knowledge management, KM, boundary object
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Other Mechanical Engineering
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-25043DOI: 10.1504/IJPD.2014.064885Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84907272357OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hj-25043DiVA, id: diva2:757447
Available from: 2014-10-22 Created: 2014-10-22 Last updated: 2018-09-03Bibliographically approved

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