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Management of international manufacturing relocation projects of new and existing products
Jönköping University, School of Engineering, JTH, Industrial Engineering and Management. Jönköping University, School of Engineering, JTH. Research area Industrial Production.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-3361-6835
Jönköping University, School of Engineering, JTH. Research area Industrial Production. Jönköping University, School of Engineering, JTH, Industrial Engineering and Management.
2014 (English)In: Proceedings of the 21st EurOMA Conference, Palermo, Italy, 20 - 25 June, 2014, 2014Conference paper, Published paper (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Many Scandinavian companies choose to invest in new manufacturing facilities in

Central European or Asian countries. This complicates the production start-up of both

existing and new products. This paper compares production start-ups of new and

existing products in a new and off-shore manufacturing facility in Poland.

Consequently, the aim is to enhance the understanding of factors critical to achieve the

desired production start-up targets. The factors identified in the study are in line with

the previous literature. Nonetheless, this study emphasizes on the factors related to

people which turned to be of the most importance for the timely production start-up.

Keywords: product and production system newness, production start-up

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014.
Keyword [en]
product and production system newness, production start-up, cross-culture, Sweden, Poland, international production relocation, gobal development projects
National Category
Engineering and Technology
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-28832OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hj-28832DiVA: diva2:890127
Conference
21st EurOMA Conference, Palermo, Italy, 20 - 25 June 2014
Available from: 2015-12-30 Created: 2015-12-30 Last updated: 2016-02-10
In thesis
1. Integration in global development projects: A study of new product development and production relocation projects
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Integration in global development projects: A study of new product development and production relocation projects
2016 (English)Licentiate thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

In today’s constantly changing environment globalization offers opportunities as well as threats to manufacturing companies. One trend in industry is that to meet customer demands and global competition, manufacturing companies need to frequently introduce new products to the market at the right time and cost. Another trend is that manufacturing companies relocate their production sites abroad. Therefore, in this thesis the context is global development projects, which includes both new product development and production relocation projects. The global dimension implies that team members are located in different countries. Integration between team members, which in this thesis refers to interaction processes involving information exchange on the one hand and collaboration or cooperation on the other, is therefore a challenge.

Even if much research exists with regard to integration, integration across national borders in global development projects has not been addressed to a greater extent. Therefore, the purpose of this thesis is to expand the analysis of integration in global development projects in order to gain insights regarding the use of different integration mechanisms. The thesis specifically addresses the influence of national cultural and linguistic differences on integration as well as the use of various integration mechanisms. The results originate from one longitudinal case study of a global new product development project and two retrospective case studies including global new product development and production relocation projects.

In general, it is concluded that in global development projects national cultural and linguistic differences amplify integration difficulties among project team members who belong to different functions. The comparison of the three global development projects indicated that some of the integration mechanisms worked and were used to integrate team members from different functions, while others did not work as intended. Therefore, this thesis argues that there is a need for a diverse set of integration mechanisms that depend on the context of a global development project and specifically on national cultural and linguistic differences.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Jönköping: Jönköping University, School of Engineering, 2016. 75 p.
Series
JTH Dissertation Series, 14
Keyword
integration, national culture, linguistic differences, new product development, production relocation
National Category
Engineering and Technology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-29337 (URN)978-91-87289-15-6 (ISBN)
Supervisors
Available from: 2016-02-10 Created: 2016-02-10 Last updated: 2016-02-10Bibliographically approved

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