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  • 1. Almström, Peter
    et al.
    Andersson, Carin
    Muhammad, Abid
    Winroth, Mats
    Högskolan i Jönköping, Tekniska Högskolan, JTH. Forskningsmiljö Industriell produktion.
    Achieving Sustainable Production through Increased Utilization of Production Resources2011Konferansepaper (Annet vitenskapelig)
  • 2. Almström, Peter
    et al.
    Andersson, Carin
    Muhammad, Abid
    Winroth, Mats
    Högskolan i Jönköping, Tekniska Högskolan, JTH. Forskningsområde Industriell organisation och produktion.
    Hållbar produktion kan skapas genom ökad utnyttjandegrad2010Inngår i: Verkstäderna, nr 10Artikkel i tidsskrift (Annet (populærvitenskap, debatt, mm))
  • 3.
    Bruch, Jessica
    et al.
    Högskolan i Jönköping, Tekniska Högskolan, JTH, Industriell organisation och produktion.
    Johansson, Christer
    Högskolan i Jönköping, Tekniska Högskolan, JTH, Industriell organisation och produktion.
    Karltun, Johan
    Högskolan i Jönköping, Tekniska Högskolan, JTH, Industriell organisation och produktion.
    Winroth, Mats
    Högskolan i Jönköping, Tekniska Högskolan, JTH, Industriell organisation och produktion.
    Considering design demands of a proactive assembly system: A position paper2007Inngår i: Proceedings of the 1st Swedish Production Symposium, 2007Konferansepaper (Fagfellevurdert)
    Abstract [en]

    The paper reviews the idea of proactivity in an assembly system with respect to information and decision making. It begins with an explanation about the term proactivity and moves on to a discussion of necessary changes of the assembly system to become proactive. Further, this paper will consider the role of information in a proactive assembly system and its impact on the proactive behavior of an operator. The method applied in this paper is a literature study.

  • 4.
    Comstock, Mica
    et al.
    Linköpings universitet, Tekniska högskolan.
    Johansen, Kerstin
    Linköpings universitet, Tekniska högskolan.
    Kihlman, Henrik
    Linköpings universitet, Tekniska högskolan.
    Sundin, Erik
    Linköpings universitet, Tekniska högskolan.
    Winroth, Mats
    Högskolan i Jönköping, Tekniska Högskolan.
    Project Course within Assembly-NET2002Rapport (Annet vitenskapelig)
  • 5.
    Comstock, Mica
    et al.
    LiU, IKP.
    Winroth, Mats
    Högskolan i Jönköping, Tekniska Högskolan, JTH, Industriell organisation och produktion. JTH. Forskningsområde Industriell produktion.
    Enabling Mass Customization in the Mobile Telephone Industry: Agility, Flexibility and the Changing Role of Assembly at Ericsson2001Inngår i: Proceedings of the 34th CIRP International Seminar On Manufacturing Systems, 2001Konferansepaper (Annet vitenskapelig)
    Abstract [en]

    This paper reports results of an investigation conducted to explore the status of Mass Customization in the mobile telephone industry and its implications for assembly operations. The study focused on the manufacture of two representative mobile telephone models at Sweden's Ericsson. The findings include the level of variety and customization in each model, where in the value chain this differentiation was implemented, and how it was conceptually, methodologically and technologically enabled. The analysis, aided by several frameworks from the literature, points to a changing role for assembly in this industry, and suggests research direction to meet future customized manufacturing challenges.

  • 6.
    Comstock, Mica
    et al.
    LiU, IKP.
    Winroth, Mats
    Högskolan i Jönköping, Tekniska Högskolan, JTH, Industriell organisation och produktion. Högskolan i Jönköping, Tekniska Högskolan, JTH. Forskningsområde Industriell produktion.
    Enabling Mass Customization in the Mobile Telephone Industry: Agility, Flexibility and the Changing Role of Assembly at Ericsson2003Inngår i: CIRP Journal of Manufacturing Systems, Vol. 32, nr 4Artikkel i tidsskrift (Fagfellevurdert)
    Abstract [en]

    This paper reports results of an investigation conducted to explore the status of Mass Customization in the mobile telephone industry and its implications for assembly operations. The study focused on the manufacture of two representative mobile telephone models at Sweden's Ericsson. The findings include the level of variety and customization in each model, where in the value chain this differentiation was implemented, and how it was conceptually, methodologically and technologically enabled. The analysis, aided by several frameworks from the literature, points to a changing role for assembly in this industry, and suggests research direction to meet future customized manufacturing challenges.

  • 7.
    Danilovic, Mike
    et al.
    Högskolan i Jönköping, Internationella Handelshögskolan, IHH, EMM (Entrepreneurskap, Marknadsföring, Management). Högskolan i Jönköping, Tekniska Högskolan, JTH. Forskningsområde Industriell produktion.
    Winroth, Mats
    Högskolan i Jönköping, Tekniska Högskolan, JTH, Industriell organisation och produktion. Högskolan i Jönköping, Tekniska Högskolan, JTH. Forskningsområde Industriell produktion.
    A Tentative Framework for Analyzing Integration in Collaborative Manufacturing Network Settings: A case study2005Inngår i: Journal of engineering and technology management, ISSN 0923-4748, E-ISSN 1879-1719, Vol. 22, nr 1-2, s. 141-158Artikkel i tidsskrift (Fagfellevurdert)
    Abstract [en]

    It is important for small and medium-sized corporations to collaborate in networks in order to develop capacity, capability, and competence to perform product development and become suppliers of complete systems. The purpose of this study is to identify barriers and to develop an analytical framework of inter-organizational collaboration in network settings. In this paper we present a tentative four-dimensional framework in terms of surface of integration, scope of integration, time horizon of integration, and intensity of integration. This framework can be used to analyze how network settings are developed, in terms of structural design of the network, the design of the workflow in collaborative settings, and the aspects of handling the psychological and social boundaries between people.

  • 8.
    Danilovic, Mike
    et al.
    Högskolan i Jönköping, Internationella Handelshögskolan, IHH, EMM (Entrepreneurskap, Marknadsföring, Management). Högskolan i Jönköping, Tekniska Högskolan, JTH. Forskningsområde Industriell produktion.
    Winroth, Mats
    Högskolan i Jönköping, Tekniska Högskolan, JTH, Industriell organisation och produktion. Högskolan i Jönköping, Tekniska Högskolan, JTH. Forskningsområde Industriell produktion.
    Corporate Manufacturing Network: From Hierarchy to Self-Organizing System2006Inngår i: The International Journal of Integrated Supply Management, ISSN 1477-5360, E-ISSN 1741-8097, Vol. 2, nr 1/2, s. 106-131Artikkel i tidsskrift (Fagfellevurdert)
    Abstract [en]

    In order to handle increased competition small and medium sized companies are collaborating in networks, strategic alliance, or partnership etc. The purpose of this paper is to investigate how direction and accountability is handled in network settings. The authors have performed an extensive case study of one collocated network consisting of four independent companies. This networking has enabled the companies to accept larger customer orders than no single company could handle on their own. It has also made them capable of reaching a high level of adaptation to customer demands regarding development, manufacturing, delivery, and support of the complete product. The high level of inter-company integration has created conditions for the network to develop self-organizing characteristics in terms of autopoietic and sympoietic systems. While the first focuses on the relations between companies within the network, the second focuses on relations between the network and the environment. This self-organizing approach is based on strategic conversation between companies at all organizational levels and participation of managers as well as engineers in the design of inter-and intra-organizational structures and processes. In self-organizing systems direction comes from closeness to customers and strategic dialogue between management and engineers and accountability is a consequence of high level of situational visibility and information exchange on all hierarchical levels among companies in this network.

  • 9. Danilovic, Mike
    et al.
    Winroth, Mats
    Högskolan i Jönköping, Tekniska Högskolan, JTH. Forskningsmiljö Industriell produktion.
    Kalmar Industries Supplier Network2012Inngår i: Design Structure Matrix Methods and Applications / [ed] Steven D. Eppinger and Tyson R. Browning, MIT Press, 2012, s. 317-324Kapittel i bok, del av antologi (Fagfellevurdert)
  • 10.
    Danilovic, Mike
    et al.
    Högskolan i Halmstad.
    Winroth, Mats
    Högskolan i Jönköping, Tekniska Högskolan, JTH. Forskningsmiljö Industriell produktion. Chalmers Tekniska Högskola.
    Managing Dynamics in Corporate Networks2014Inngår i: World Journal of Engineering and Technology, ISSN 2331-4222, Vol. 2, nr 1, s. 32-40Artikkel i tidsskrift (Fagfellevurdert)
    Abstract [en]

    A crucial issue in corporate networks is to identify to what extent different strategic and operational decisions need to be coordinated between the involved companies. In this paper we elaborate on the issue of synchronization of information flow based on interconnectivities between companies in order to coordinate a corporate network by the means of DSM, Dependence Structure Matrix. The results show that DSM can be used to identify interconnectivities among actors in a network and to identify which information that needs to be shared between companies in the network.

  • 11.
    Danilovic, Mike
    et al.
    Högskolan i Jönköping, Internationella Handelshögskolan, IHH, EMM (Entrepreneurskap, Marknadsföring, Management). Tekniska Högskolan, JTH. Forskningsområde Industriell produktion.
    Winroth, Mats
    JTH, Industriell organisation och produktion. Tekniska Högskolan, JTH. Forskningsområde Industriell produktion.
    Ferrándiz, Javier
    (3) Escola Tècnica Superior d’Enginyeria Industrial de Barcelona.
    Josa, Oriol
    (3) Escola Tècnica Superior d’Enginyeria Industrial de Barcelona.
    Platform thinking in the automotive industry: managing dualism between standardization of components for large scale production and variation for market and customer2007Inngår i: Proceedings of the 18th Annual POM Conference, 2007Konferansepaper (Annet vitenskapelig)
    Abstract [en]

    Automotive industry faces two major problems. One is to develop standard platforms to reach high volumes and low cost. The other is to use platforms for enabling variation of models that suit customer needs, local market demands, and restrictions. Platform thinking embraces several industrial levels, systems integrators, global and local suppliers, and markets. How can the dualism between standardization of components and model variation be managed and which trade-offs need to be made?

    In this paper we have identified and analyzed different approaches to platform concept from technical as well as organizational, production, and product development perspectives. Platform technology improves flexibility in production and product development. However, when radical changes are made, new design of platform is not easily made, i.e. propagation of requirements and changes in models vs. platforms. When this happens, several production systems have to be entirely rebuilt causing major capital investments, redesign at suppliers etc. Hence, platform technology reduces product development flexibility.

  • 12.
    Edh Mirzaei, Nina
    et al.
    Department of Technology Management and Economics, Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden.
    Fredriksson, Anna
    Department of Science and Technology, Linköping University, Sweden.
    Winroth, Mats
    Högskolan i Jönköping, Tekniska Högskolan, JTH. Forskningsmiljö Industriell produktion. Department of Technology Management and Economics, Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden.
    Strategic consensus on manufacturing strategy content: Including the operators’ perceptions2016Inngår i: International Journal of Operations & Production Management, ISSN 0144-3577, E-ISSN 1758-6593, Vol. 36, nr 4, s. 429-466Artikkel i tidsskrift (Fagfellevurdert)
    Abstract [en]

    Purpose – Strategic consensus between operators and managers is an important means to accomplish a successful manufacturing strategy (MS) process. Previous studies largely left out individual operators from this concept. Therefore, the purpose of this paper was to empirically examine the level of strategic consensus on the MS within the operations function, that is, the operators’ and managers’ perceptions of MS.

    Design/methodology/approach – Interviews were conducted with both operators and managers at three small and medium-sized enterprises in Sweden. The MS dimensions were selected based on previous research; the data was analysed by using thematic coding.

    Findings – The study shows that the levels of strategic consensus on the MS vary among companies. Even when strategic consensus exists between operators and managers, their underlying reasons often differ. Furthermore, the levels of strategic consensus vary among MS dimensions. The companies’ usage of information-sharing channels, along with their size and position in the supply chain, can be important for the level of strategic consensus.

    Originality/value – This paper contributes to the body of knowledge in three ways. First, it expands the scope of the MS dimensions under study, thus offering a stronger, resource-based perspective on MS and strategic consensus than what earlier studies showed. Second, it goes beyond the management level by including both managers and operators as the unit of analysis. Third, compared to previous research, it focuses on a new context and is based on indepth case studies.

  • 13.
    Edh, Nina
    et al.
    Chalmers University of Technology, Department of Technology Management and Economics, Operations Management.
    Winroth, Mats
    Chalmers University of Technology, Department of Technology Management and Economics, Operations Management.
    Säfsten, Kristina
    Högskolan i Jönköping, Tekniska Högskolan, JTH, Industriell organisation och produktion. Högskolan i Jönköping, Tekniska Högskolan, JTH. Forskningsmiljö Industriell produktion.
    Organizational comprehension of manufacturing strategy - A case study of a SMME2012Konferansepaper (Fagfellevurdert)
  • 14.
    Edh, Nina
    et al.
    Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden.
    Winroth, Mats
    Högskolan i Jönköping, Tekniska Högskolan, JTH. Forskningsmiljö Industriell produktion.
    Säfsten, Kristina
    Högskolan i Jönköping, Tekniska Högskolan, JTH. Forskningsmiljö Industriell produktion.
    Production-related Staff's Perception of Manufacturing at a SMME2012Inngår i: Procedia CIRP, ISSN 2212-8271, Vol. 3, s. 340-345Artikkel i tidsskrift (Fagfellevurdert)
    Abstract [en]

    Today's global competitiveness urges SMMEs to pay attention to their MS process. The purpose of this case study at a Swedish SMME, mainly conducted through interviews with production-related staff: staff with direct connection to everyday production work, is to explore their perception of the MS content. The study shows that communication is the main obstacle for production-related staff's perception of the MS. Their perception is diverse and based on a multitude of factors, such as employment period, organizational belonging, and the employee's own interest. Several problem areas are identified and need to be investigated further.

  • 15.
    Eklind, Jan
    et al.
    Chalmers Tekniska Högskola.
    Persson, Magnus
    Chalmers Tekniska Högskola.
    Winroth, Mats
    Högskolan i Jönköping, Tekniska Högskolan, JTH. Forskningsmiljö Industriell produktion. Chalmers Tekniska Högskola.
    Managing product customization by modularization2013Konferansepaper (Fagfellevurdert)
    Abstract [en]

    The purpose of this paper is to investigate how to organize external manufacturing of product modules. Modularization can be used to facilitate the use of external suppliers. However, the ability to work with continuous manufacturing improvements and customization becomes more difficult due to the increasing distance between design and manufacturing. This is also confirmed by the case study done for this paper at a manufacturing company relying heavily on external suppliers. 

    In the case study we could also identify how the company handles this situation by using different solutions (facilitators), that are strategically based or influenced by the contextual situation.

  • 16.
    Eklind, Martin Jan
    et al.
    Chalmers University of Technology.
    Persson, Magnus
    Chalmers University of Technology.
    Winroth, Mats
    Högskolan i Jönköping, Tekniska Högskolan, JTH. Forskningsmiljö Industriell produktion.
    Combining internal and external manufacturing of product modules2014Konferansepaper (Fagfellevurdert)
    Abstract [en]

    This paper considers different ways to manufacture product modules. When all product modules are manufactured externally there is a risk for diminished activity in the design/manufacturing interface, which could result in lower capacity to upgrade products according to customers’ needs. An alternative to this could be to have some own manufacturing, though there are benefits and drawbacks to consider. Own manufacturing located nearby the product design unit brings preconditions for close collaboration and spill off effects as dissemination of manufacturing knowledge to designers and informal decision-making. Though, such informal decision channels risk to eliminate the ground for long-term improvement work.

  • 17.
    Frohm, Jörgen
    et al.
    PPU, Chalmers.
    Lindström, Veronica
    Högskolan i Jönköping, Tekniska Högskolan, JTH, Industriell organisation och produktion.
    Stahre, Johan
    PPU, Chalmers.
    Winroth, Mats
    Högskolan i Jönköping, Tekniska Högskolan, JTH, Industriell organisation och produktion.
    Levels of automation in manufacturing2008Inngår i: Ergonomia - an International journal of ergonomics and human factors, ISSN 0137-4990, Vol. 30, nr 3Artikkel i tidsskrift (Fagfellevurdert)
    Abstract [en]

    The objective of this paper is to increase the general understanding of task allocation in semi-automated systems and to provide a systematic approach for changing the level of automation. The paper presents a literature review of definitions and taxonomies for levels of automation (LoA) across multiple scientific and industrial domains. A synthesizing concept is suggested, including a LoA definition and taxonomy aimed for application in the manufacturing domain. Results suggest that the level of automation should be divided into two separate variables, i.e. physical/mechanical LoA and cognitive/information-related LoA. Further, the idea is that LoA in a manufacturing context can be described and assessed using seven-step reference scales for both physical and cognitive LoA.

  • 18.
    Frohm, Jörgen
    et al.
    PPU, CTH.
    Lindström, Veronica
    Högskolan i Jönköping, Tekniska Högskolan, JTH, Industriell organisation och produktion. Högskolan i Jönköping, Tekniska Högskolan, JTH. Forskningsområde Industriell produktion.
    Winroth, Mats
    Högskolan i Jönköping, Tekniska Högskolan, JTH, Industriell organisation och produktion. Högskolan i Jönköping, Tekniska Högskolan, JTH. Forskningsområde Industriell produktion.
    Stahre, Johan
    Högskolan i Jönköping, Tekniska Högskolan, JTH, Industriell organisation och produktion. Högskolan i Jönköping, Tekniska Högskolan, JTH. Forskningsområde Industriell produktion.
    The Industry's View on Automation in Manufacturing2006Inngår i: Poster at the 9th IFAC Symposium on Automated Systems Based on Human Skill and Knowledge, 2006Konferansepaper (Annet (populærvitenskap, debatt, mm))
    Abstract [en]

    Many manufacturing companies in Europe are presently focusing on automation as a weapon for competition on a global market. This paper focuses on industry’s view of automation. The paper presents data on advantages and disadvantages of automation, based on one pilot study and one Delphi study in two rounds.

  • 19.
    Granell, Veronica
    et al.
    Högskolan i Jönköping, Tekniska Högskolan, JTH, Industriell organisation och produktion. Högskolan i Jönköping, Tekniska Högskolan, JTH. Forskningsområde Industriell produktion.
    Frohm, Jörgen
    PPU, CTH.
    Winroth, Mats
    Högskolan i Jönköping, Tekniska Högskolan, JTH, Industriell organisation och produktion. Högskolan i Jönköping, Tekniska Högskolan, JTH. Forskningsområde Industriell produktion.
    Controlling Levels of Automation: A model for identifying manufacturing parameters2006Inngår i: Proceedings of the 9th IFAC Symposium on Automated Systems Based on Human Skill and Knowledge, Nancy, France, May 22-24, 2006, 2006Konferansepaper (Fagfellevurdert)
    Abstract [en]

    The term Levels of Automation is defined in this paper as the interaction and task division between the human and the machine within a manufacturing system. This paper presents a model for identifying manufacturing parameters to control automation levels. The results show that different parameters are identified as capabilities that affect the level of automation and the output of the system. Conclusion is that the model presented can serve as a way to control and choose the right level of automation by adjusting either input parameters or the level of automation which together with performance measures form a continuous system.

  • 20.
    Granell, Veronica
    et al.
    Högskolan i Jönköping, Tekniska Högskolan, JTH, Industriell organisation och produktion. Högskolan i Jönköping, Tekniska Högskolan, JTH. Forskningsområde Industriell produktion.
    Winroth, Mats
    Högskolan i Jönköping, Tekniska Högskolan, JTH, Industriell organisation och produktion. Högskolan i Jönköping, Tekniska Högskolan, JTH. Forskningsområde Industriell produktion.
    Linking manufacturing strategy implementation to levels of automation2007Inngår i: Proceedings of the 14th International Annual EurOMA Conference: Managing Operations in an Expanding Europe, Ankara, Turkey, June 17-20, 2007, 2007Konferansepaper (Fagfellevurdert)
    Abstract [en]

    When product life cycles become shorter, the implementation must be more efficient. The choice of levels of automation (LoA) may affect the implementation process. According to former work by measuring and analyzing LoA operationally, there are basically four different scenarios for the choice of LoA: (1) high LoA, (2) low LoA, (3) dynamic LoA, and (4) LoA that will optimize performance. Each of these LoA scenarios has its own characteristics related to decision areas and they can be linked to the implementation process and specific issues. A framework for further analysis of manufacturing strategy implementation process linked to different choices of LoA is presented. The observation in a manufacturing context suggests that the three decision areas process technology, human resources, and quality management are strongly related to LoA. The presented framework proposes that implementation issues are differently depending on both chosen LoA scenario and process life cycle stage.

  • 21.
    Hedelind, Mikael
    et al.
    Department of Innovation, Design and Product Development Mälardalen University.
    Jackson, Mats
    Department of Innovation, Design and Product Development Mälardalen University.
    Funk, Peter
    Department of Computer Science and Engineering Mälardalen University.
    Stahre, Johan
    Department of Product and Production Development Chalmers University of Technology.
    Söderberg, Rikard
    Department of Product and Production Development Chalmers University of Technology.
    Carlsson, Johan
    Department of Industrial Mathematics Fraunhofer Chalmers Research Centre.
    Björkman, Mats
    Linköpings universitet, Tekniska högskolan.
    Winroth, Mats
    Högskolan i Jönköping, Tekniska Högskolan, JTH, Industriell organisation och produktion. Högskolan i Jönköping, Tekniska Högskolan, JTH. Forskningsmiljö Industriell produktion.
    Factory-in-a-Box - Solutions for Availability and Mobility of Flexible Production Capacity2007Inngår i: The Swedish Production Symposium, 2007, 2007Konferansepaper (Fagfellevurdert)
    Abstract [en]

    The objective of this paper is to present examples of how to realize a flexible and reconfigurable production system. An ongoing research project in Sweden called Factory-in-a-Box will be presented which is one research initiative within this area. The purpose of the Factory-in-a-Box project is to develop solutions for mobile production capacity on demand. Three key features have been identified as enablers for these kinds of production capabilities: mobility, flexibility, and speed. The concept consists of standardized modules that can be installed in e.g. containers and easily transported by trucks, rail vehicles, and boats. The modules can easily be combined into complete production systems and reconfigured for new products and/or scaled to handle new volumes. The goal of the Factory-in-a-Box project is to build fully operative production modules that are developed in close cooperation between different academic and industrial partners. This paper will present the results from these demonstrators giving examples of the usability of the Factory-in-a-Box concept in industry.

  • 22.
    Johansen, Kerstin
    et al.
    LiU, IKP.
    Comstock, Mica
    LiU, IKP.
    Winroth, Mats
    Högskolan i Jönköping, Tekniska Högskolan, JTH, Industriell organisation och produktion. Högskolan i Jönköping, Tekniska Högskolan, JTH. Forskningsområde Industriell organisation och produktion.
    Coordination in Collaborative Manufacturing Mega-Networks: A Case Study2005Inngår i: Journal of engineering and technology management, ISSN 0923-4748, E-ISSN 1879-1719, Vol. 22, nr 3, s. 226-244Artikkel i tidsskrift (Fagfellevurdert)
    Abstract [en]

    Collaborative manufacturing networks are becoming popular. Today, the scale of these networks can be enormous, and include a complex myriad of partners from numerous companies and organizations spanning several countries and even continents. This paper explores how these partners successfully coordinate projects, through an investigation of one such “collaborative manufacturing mega-network”, or CMMN, in the commercial aerospace industry. The case is analyzed with the aid of the literary state-of-the-art, and a number of organizational, structural, and cultural issues are discussed including mass customization. Finally, some of the most important factors for the successful CMMN are presented.

  • 23.
    Johansen, Kerstin
    et al.
    LiU, IKP.
    Comstock, Mica
    LIU, IKP.
    Winroth, Mats
    Högskolan i Jönköping, Tekniska Högskolan, JTH, Industriell organisation och produktion. Högskolan i Jönköping, Tekniska Högskolan, JTH. Forskningsområde Industriell organisation och produktion.
    From Mass Production to Mass Customization: Enabling perspectives from the Swedish mobile telephone industry2004Inngår i: Production planning & control (Print), ISSN 0953-7287, E-ISSN 1366-5871, Vol. 15, nr 4, s. 362-372Artikkel i tidsskrift (Fagfellevurdert)
    Abstract [en]

    Much has been written about the conceptual nature of mass customization, and the success of several best business practitioners in the area have been well documented. Most companies, however, are not textbook examples of best practise, but rather are making incremental progress towards mass customization based on a mass production heritage. This paper presents the findings of a case study that investigated a mass customization initiative at a leading mobile telephone manufacturer in Sweden. The primary objective of the study was to determine the implications of a radically new manufacturing initiative for the company – the production of a customized, entry-level mobile telephone. The differences between the traditional scenario of the mass production of standardized products at the company and that of the new customized production were also sought. The findings of the study, which are presented using the product, process and system perspectives, are aided by a number of customization-related frameworks from the literature. The discussion includes the impact of moving the customization order point downstream in the value chain in terms of increased efficiency and reduced lead times, the reduced requirement for manufacturing flexibility with shifting production system boundaries, and the company’s status as a mass customizer.

  • 24.
    Johansen, Kerstin
    et al.
    LiU, IKP.
    Winroth, Mats
    Högskolan i Jönköping, Tekniska Högskolan, JTH, Industriell organisation och produktion.
    Localization of Manufacturing: A Systematic Framework2003Inngår i: Proceedings of “One World? One view of OM?: The Challenges of Integrating Research and Practice”, 2003Konferansepaper (Annet vitenskapelig)
    Abstract [en]

    Increasing competition forces companies to find the most beneficial way to manufacture their products for a global market. Most relocations of manufacturing have been justified mainly due to reduction of cost. The manufacturing industry is therefore facing a trend of localization of manufacturing in low cost countries, mainly Asia and Eastern Europe. Previous examples have been the ship building industry and the textile industry, when manufacturing almost disappeared from Europe and North America. The choice of localization is however more complex than to be based on cost solely, even though everything in one or another way can be translated into cost or income. Non-financial issues are difficult to estimate, but important to handle in order to attain a more holistic approach.

    This paper presents an illustrative and holistic framework for making decisions on locating manufacturing in relation to the market and suppliers, linked to cost and competence.

  • 25.
    Johansen, Kerstin
    et al.
    LiU, IKP.
    Winroth, Mats
    Högskolan i Jönköping, Tekniska Högskolan, JTH, Industriell organisation och produktion.
    Björkman, Mats
    LiU, IKP.
    An Economical Analysis on A Strategic Investment in an Assembly Line: Case Study at Ericsson Mobile Communications AB2001Inngår i: Proceedings of the 16th International Conference on Production Research: ICPR - 16, July 29. -August 3., 2001Konferansepaper (Annet vitenskapelig)
    Abstract [en]

    During the last four years the global annual production of mobile telephones has increased four times. To Ericsson Mobile Communications AB’s supply unit in Linköping, Sweden, this has been a tremendous challenge. The supply unit has increased the produced volume of mobile telephones six times during this period at the same premises. The strategy for the production-engineering department was to change the manual assembly line into an automated assembly line. The automated assembly line was built up with SONY smart cells. During 1998 the volumes increased rapidly and the automation strategy where copied to the test stations for the mobile telephones.

    This paper discusses the importance of how to link a manufacturing strategy to economical calculations. A case study at Ericsson Mobile Communications AB shows how financial calculations was used when changing from manual testing to automated testing of mobile telephones. Even though all benefits were not accounted for, the studied automation project for automated board test had a calculated pay back period of 7 months. The decreasing production volumes for mobile telephones made that the real yearly cost for the investment increased dramatically compared to the calculated investment cost. The decision-makers need to analyze the risks in an investment calculation due to the uncertainty in data used in the calculations. For example, it can be difficult to analyze the risks depending on the difficulty to predict the development for the product market and the future product volumes. The investment calculation result can also differ depending on who is delivering the numerical data that are included in the calculations.

  • 26.
    Johansson, Glenn
    et al.
    Högskolan i Jönköping, Tekniska Högskolan, JTH. Forskningsområde Industriell organisation och produktion. Högskolan i Jönköping, Tekniska Högskolan, JTH, Industriell organisation och produktion.
    Winroth, Mats
    Chalmers University of Technology.
    Introducing environmental concerns in manufacturing strategies: Implications for the decision criteria2010Inngår i: Management Research Review, ISSN 2040-8269, E-ISSN 2040-8277, Vol. 33, nr 9, s. 877-899Artikkel i tidsskrift (Fagfellevurdert)
    Abstract [en]

    Purpose – Concern for environmental issues has entered the agenda in many companies within the manufacturing industry. The purpose of this paper is to analyse implications for the decision criteria when environmental issues are introduced into manufacturing strategy. Furthermore, the purpose is to present a framework illustrating how concern for environmental issues affects the manufacturing strategy formulation process.

    Design/methodology/approach – The paper is based on a review of literature on environmentally conscious manufacturing and literature on manufacturing strategy. These two fields of research are merged in the analysis.

    Findings – The analysis shows that concern for environmental issues may lead to a number of potential implications for the decision criteria. These implications may, in turn, affect the manufacturing strategy formulation process. A framework is presented that illustrates the interrelationships between the drivers for environmental concern, effects for the competitive priorities, implications for the decision criteria, and how it may affect the manufacturing strategy formulation process.

    Research limitations/implications – Inclusion of environmental issues potentially complicates the manufacturing strategy formulation process. This implies a need for further studies on the challenges companies face in the strategy formulation process.

    Practical implications – The implications for the decision criteria and the framework presented in the paper may encourage companies to prepare for inclusion of environmental concern in the manufacturing strategy formulation process.

    Originality/value – Manufacturing strategy has not traditionally included concern for environmental issues. The paper adopts a novel approach in which research findings on environmental concern are integrated with literature on manufacturing strategy.

  • 27.
    Landscheidt, Steffen
    et al.
    Linnéuniversitetet, Sweden.
    Kans, Mirka
    Linnéuniversitetet, Sweden.
    Winroth, Mats
    Högskolan i Jönköping, Tekniska Högskolan, JTH, Industriell organisation och produktion.
    Differences on automation practices in wooden single-family houses manufacturing: Four case studies2017Inngår i: 23rd International Wood Machining Seminar Proceedings / [ed] Marcin Zbiec and Kazimierz Orlowski, Warsaw: The Polish Chamber of Commerce of Furniture Manufacturers , 2017Konferansepaper (Fagfellevurdert)
    Abstract [en]

    In densely forested countries, forest and wood based products are generally an important contributing factor to the country’s economy. Especially wood product industries, such as furniture or joinery industries, add a lot of economic value. A large portion of employment positions are linked directly or indirectly to forest and wood product industries. In Europe´s highly industrialized countries, labor costs influence wood product companies rather negatively and put high pressure on them to stay competitive. Some of those companies have chosen outsourcing of their operations and production as means to survive. Another way, already successfully proven in other industries, is the automation of production processes by among others introduction of industrial robots. Effective implementation of automation equipment depends on several factors, e.g. production volume, applied material, chosen application or cycle times. It is not fully clear which factors are mostly affecting the successful change to a more automated production.

    The purpose of this paper is to distinguish which automation enabling factors are dependent or independent on the specific conditions of the wood product industry. [SL1] 

    By applying a comparative case study approach, automation standards and practices for wood product industries in three highly industrialized European countries are compared and analyzed. As key contribution of this paper crucial factors for the implementation of industrial robots are identified. The contributing factors are set into context to the country’s specific preconditions for wood products, e.g. market penetration, sales volume, availability and supply of resources.

    As results of this study, differences and similarities are found for revealing independent or depending factors. Dependent factors are influencing only wood product industries while independent factors are connected to the nation´s specific economic and industrial situation.

  • 28.
    Landscheidt, Steffen
    et al.
    Linnéuniversitetet, Sweden.
    Kans, Mirka
    Linnéuniversitetet, Sweden.
    Winroth, Mats
    Högskolan i Jönköping, Tekniska Högskolan, JTH, Industriell organisation och produktion.
    Opportunities for robotic automation in wood product industries: The supplier and system integrators' perspective2017Inngår i: Procedia Manufacturing, Elsevier, 2017, Vol. 11, s. 233-240Konferansepaper (Fagfellevurdert)
    Abstract [en]

    In this study the opportunities for automation in the poorly automated wood product industry are highlighted. This is accomplished by conducting a qualitative interview study of suppliers and system integrators for industrial robots active in this particular industry sector. Five case companies are chosen in order to explore the unique dimensions responsible for successful automation implantation in wood product companies. Results show that a low understanding of automation opportunities, unclear requirements specifications and small production volumes are the main problems for suitable automation solutions. Although wood is a fragile and changeable material, existing technology allows its manipulation with industrial robots. 

  • 29.
    Landström, Anna
    et al.
    Chalmers University of Technology.
    Almström, Peter
    Chalmers University of Technology.
    Winroth, Mats
    Högskolan i Jönköping, Tekniska Högskolan, JTH, Industriell organisation och produktion.
    Review of a performance measurement system at shopfloor level2017Inngår i: Proceedings of 24th EurOMA Conference, International Annual EurOMA Conference, 2017Konferansepaper (Fagfellevurdert)
    Abstract [en]

    Performance measurement systems (PMS) are used within most manufacturing

    companies in Sweden today. However, little focus has been on reviewing the efficiency

    of the PMS. This article reviews the PMS in a production unit in a systematic analysis

    with a scientific approach. The analysis is based on interview data from the identified

    stakeholders of the PMS at the production unit. The studied production unit has a quite

    efficient PMS, but there are also some improvement areas the can help them become more

    efficient. The systematic analysis method used in the studied case can be used in other

    contexts as well.

  • 30.
    Lindström, Veronica
    et al.
    Linköpings universitet.
    Winroth, Mats
    Högskolan i Jönköping, Tekniska Högskolan, JTH. Forskningsområde Industriell organisation och produktion.
    Aligning manufacturing strategy and levels of automation: A case study2010Inngår i: Journal of engineering and technology management, ISSN 0923-4748, E-ISSN 1879-1719, Vol. 27, nr 3/4, s. 148-159Artikkel i tidsskrift (Fagfellevurdert)
    Abstract [en]

    Research has shown that alignment between manufacturing strategy and decisions regarding automation are often of an ad hoc nature, i.e. the support for automation decisions is poor. Support tools to find an appropriate level of automation are thus needed in order to achieve more efficient and robust production systems. The methodology presented in this paper contains five sub-processes where the chosen level of automation is aligned with the manufacturing strategy. Together they form an automation strategy, which secures a desired direction of the firm and also supports robustness and reliability of the manufacturing system due to the holistic approach chosen.

  • 31.
    Lindström, Veronica
    et al.
    Högskolan i Jönköping, Tekniska Högskolan, JTH, Industriell organisation och produktion. Högskolan i Jönköping, Tekniska Högskolan, JTH. Forskningsområde Industriell produktion.
    Winroth, Mats
    Högskolan i Jönköping, Tekniska Högskolan, JTH, Industriell organisation och produktion. Högskolan i Jönköping, Tekniska Högskolan, JTH. Forskningsområde Industriell produktion.
    Choosing Levels of Automation in Production Systems: Finding Critical and Supportive Factors2005Inngår i: Proceedings of the 12th International EurOMA Conference on Operations and Global Competitiveness, Budapest, Hungary, June 19-22, 2005, 2005, s. 1593-1601Konferansepaper (Annet vitenskapelig)
    Abstract [en]

    Operation and strategic decision making becomes more complex and dynamic related to the performance of industrial companies. In this light, the choice of a suitable and right automation level becomes critical and is a non-trivial decision making process. The purpose of this paper is to present definitions of manufacturing strategy, operational flexibility and automation levels in manufacturing. Further, this paper discusses linkages between process technology life stages, manufacturing strategy and levels of automation. A framework presenting critical and supportive factors affected by the choice of level of automation both short and long term give the basics for designating responsibilities to different categories of manufacturing managers. The choice of automation levels can be seen from and should be considered within different dimensions: (1) process life cycle stage; (2) fit with manufacturing strategy; and (3) organizational level.

  • 32.
    Löfving, Malin
    et al.
    Högskolan i Jönköping, Tekniska Högskolan, JTH, Industriell organisation och produktion. Högskolan i Jönköping, Tekniska Högskolan, JTH. Forskningsområde Industriell organisation och produktion.
    Johansson, Christer
    Högskolan i Jönköping, Tekniska Högskolan, JTH, Industriell organisation och produktion. Högskolan i Jönköping, Tekniska Högskolan, JTH. Forskningsområde Industriell organisation och produktion.
    Winroth, Mats
    Högskolan i Jönköping, Tekniska Högskolan, JTH, Industriell organisation och produktion. Högskolan i Jönköping, Tekniska Högskolan, JTH. Forskningsområde Industriell organisation och produktion.
    Manufacturing Characteristics of Subcontractor SMME:s: an Empirical Study2008Inngår i: Manufacturing Systems and Technologies for the New Frontier: The 41st CIRP Conference on Manufacturing Systems May 26-28, 2008, Tokyo, Japan, London: Springer , 2008Konferansepaper (Fagfellevurdert)
    Abstract [en]

    This paper presents empirical findings on manufacturing characteristics at subcontractor small and medium sized manufacturing enterprises (SMME). The SMME:s play a significant role in today’s economy, but they do not act to the same extent on the global market as the international larger companies. To remain competitive on the global market SMME:s should improve manufacturing.

    The study has been accomplished in different industries and different sizes to identify their characteristics. The results indicate that SMME:s are focused on process technologies and not on the entire manufacturing system. The companies also have difficulties in locating and hiring skilled people.

  • 33.
    Löfving, Malin
    et al.
    Högskolan i Jönköping, Tekniska Högskolan, JTH. Forskningsmiljö Industriell produktion.
    Säfsten, Kristina
    Högskolan i Jönköping, Tekniska Högskolan, JTH. Forskningsmiljö Industriell produktion.
    Winroth, Mats
    Högskolan i Jönköping, Tekniska Högskolan, JTH. Forskningsmiljö Industriell produktion.
    Leadership style, organization culture and manufacturing strategy formulation - Empirical evidence from Swedish SMEs2013Inngår i: Proceedings for 22nd International Conference on Production Research, Iguassu Falls, Brazil, July 28-Aug 1, 2013., 2013Konferansepaper (Fagfellevurdert)
    Abstract [en]

    This paper presents findings from an empirical study of manufacturing strategy formulation processes in three SMEs. The study investigated the relationship between manufacturing strategy formulation, leadership style, and organisation culture. The three companies had different formulation processes. One tentative explanation for this is due to leadership style and the personalised management that characterises SMEs. An analysis model, including leadership style and organisation culture was applied. One company was classified as having a support culture, and the other two as having a power culture. The latter two were more mature considering strategic work, and acted on more competitively exposed markets than the company with a support culture. 

  • 34.
    Löfving, Malin
    et al.
    Högskolan i Jönköping, Tekniska Högskolan, JTH, Industriell organisation och produktion. Högskolan i Jönköping, Tekniska Högskolan, JTH. Forskningsmiljö Industriell produktion.
    Säfsten, Kristina
    Högskolan i Jönköping, Tekniska Högskolan, JTH, Industriell organisation och produktion. Högskolan i Jönköping, Tekniska Högskolan, JTH. Forskningsmiljö Industriell produktion.
    Winroth, Mats
    Högskolan i Jönköping, Tekniska Högskolan, JTH, Industriell organisation och produktion. Högskolan i Jönköping, Tekniska Högskolan, JTH. Forskningsmiljö Industriell produktion.
    Manufacturing strategy formulation, leadership style and organisational culture in small and medium-sized enterprises2016Inngår i: International Journal of Manufacturing Technology and Management (IJMTM), ISSN 1368-2148, E-ISSN 1741-5195, Vol. 30, nr 5, s. 306-325Artikkel i tidsskrift (Fagfellevurdert)
    Abstract [en]

    This study encourages an increased focus on managerial and organisational issues in manufacturing strategy formulation. The study investigates the relationship between manufacturing strategy formulation, leadership style and organisational culture in small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Manufacturing strategy formulation is studied in three cases, and it is found that the formulation is different in each case. Leadership style is more visible than organisational culture in manufacturing strategy formulation in the case companies. Owing to the small number of employees in SMEs, the top manager’s decisions influence the whole organisation and the organisational culture. The leadership style and organisational culture are closely aligned in SMEs owing to the managers and to the centralised decision-making.

  • 35.
    Löfving, Malin
    et al.
    Högskolan i Jönköping, Tekniska Högskolan, JTH, Industriell organisation och produktion. Högskolan i Jönköping, Tekniska Högskolan, JTH. Forskningsmiljö Industriell produktion.
    Säfsten, Kristina
    Högskolan i Jönköping, Tekniska Högskolan, JTH, Industriell organisation och produktion. Högskolan i Jönköping, Tekniska Högskolan, JTH. Forskningsmiljö Industriell produktion.
    Winroth, Mats
    Högskolan i Jönköping, Tekniska Högskolan, JTH, Industriell organisation och produktion. Högskolan i Jönköping, Tekniska Högskolan, JTH. Forskningsmiljö Industriell produktion.
    Manufacturing strategy formulation process – evidence from SMEs2012Inngår i: Proceedings of the 3rd EurOMA-POMS World Conference, International Annual EurOMA Conference, 2012Konferansepaper (Fagfellevurdert)
    Abstract [en]

    This paper presents an empirical study of the formulation process of manufacturing strategies using a conceptual framework in small and medium-sized manufacturing enterprises. SMEs are known to have an informal and unintentional strategy formulation process and this study shows that SMEs can benefit using guidance in the manufacturing strategy formulation process. The conceptual framework provides a structure, which facilitates the understanding and the way of working. Other benefits are a closer dialogue between different functions of a company, a shared view in the organisation of improvements in manufacturing and a common view of their competitive priorities.

  • 36.
    Löfving, Malin
    et al.
    Högskolan i Jönköping, Tekniska Högskolan, JTH. Forskningsmiljö Industriell produktion.
    Säfsten, Kristina
    Högskolan i Jönköping, Tekniska Högskolan, JTH. Forskningsmiljö Industriell produktion.
    Winroth, Mats
    Högskolan i Jönköping, Tekniska Högskolan, JTH. Forskningsmiljö Industriell produktion.
    Lim Yan Guan, Roland
    Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology.
    The use of a manufacturing strategy tool and the role of national culture2014Konferansepaper (Fagfellevurdert)
    Abstract [en]

    This paper presents findings from an empirical study of the use of a manufacturing strategy tool in seven companies in Sweden and Singapore. We investigated the influence of national culture when using a manufacturing strategy tool. Hofstede’s national cultural dimensions and underlying factors model were applied. The findings show that it is possible to explain differences in the use of manufacturing strategy tools when considering national cultural dimensions. It was found that the factors of power distance, long-term orientation, and masculinity influence participation and decision- making when using a manufacturing strategy tool. 

  • 37.
    Löfving, Malin
    et al.
    Högskolan i Jönköping, Tekniska Högskolan, JTH, Industriell organisation och produktion.
    Winroth, Mats
    Högskolan i Jönköping, Tekniska Högskolan, JTH, Industriell organisation och produktion.
    Are Small and Medium sized Manufactuirng Enterprises a Homogenous Group?: An Empirical Study of Manufactuirng Characteristics2008Inngår i: FAIM 2008, 2008Konferansepaper (Annet vitenskapelig)
  • 38.
    Paulin, Dan
    et al.
    Chalmers University of Technology.
    Winroth, Mats
    Högskolan i Jönköping, Tekniska Högskolan, JTH. Forskningsmiljö Industriell produktion.
    Facilitators, inhibitors and obstacles - A refined categorization regarding barriers for knowledge transfer, sharing and flow2013Inngår i: 10th International Conference on Intellectual Capital, Knowledge Management and Organisational Learning (ICIKM 2013), Washington DC, USA, Oct 24-25, 2013., Academic Conferences Limited, 2013, s. 320-328Konferansepaper (Fagfellevurdert)
    Abstract [en]

    The purpose is to present a refined categorization regarding factors that influence knowledge transfer, sharing, and flow and to show how previously identified barriers fit into this new categorization. This categorization focuses on the influencing factors’ relative effect on knowledge sharing and the following terms are introduced: (1) Facilitators (which denominate factors with positive influence), (2) Inhibitors (factors with negative influence) and (3) Obstacles (factors that obstruct knowledge sharing, until certain conditions or levels are fulfilled). Previously identified influencing factors are re- categorized and the new categories are supported by examples from four Swedish MNC’s and their Chinese manufacturing units. 

  • 39.
    Persson, Magnus
    et al.
    Chalmers Tekniska Högskola.
    Eklind, Jan
    Chalmers Tekniska Högskola.
    Winroth, Mats
    Högskolan i Jönköping, Tekniska Högskolan, JTH. Forskningsmiljö Industriell produktion. Chalmers Tekniska Högskola.
    Coordinating external manufacturing of product modules2016Inngår i: Decision Sciences, ISSN 0011-7315, E-ISSN 1540-5915, Vol. 47, nr 6, s. 1178-1202Artikkel i tidsskrift (Fagfellevurdert)
    Abstract [en]

    Product modularization has changed gradually from mainly being a way to bring strategic flexibility into product design, to becoming a means to reach new suppliers in a globalized world. Use of external suppliers is facilitated by the ‘embedded coordination’ brought by standardized module interfaces which reduce the interdependence between modules manufactured by different suppliers. However, the distance between design and manufacturing is increased by heavy reliance on suppliers, and requires coordination between design and manufacturing. Hence, this paper aims to identify appropriate mechanisms to enable coordination of external manufacturing of product modules.

    The investigation is based on two case studies in one manufacturing company that has for long relied heavily on external suppliers. The case studies identify different means, coordination mechanisms, of handling the increased distance between design and manufacturing. In addition to organizational solutions, various intermediaries including especially the supply chain function act as bridges between design and manufacturing. 

    The appropriate mechanism to use is decided by the character of the product and the degree of upgrading. We recommend openness to adaptation to situation dynamics rather than investment in optimizing the level of integration with a particular supplier.

  • 40.
    Popovic, Djordje
    et al.
    Högskolan i Jönköping, Tekniska Högskolan, JTH. Forskningsmiljö Industriell produktion.
    Winroth, Mats
    Chalmers University of Technology.
    Industrial timber house building – levels of automation2016Inngår i: ISARC 2016, International Association for Automation and Robotics in Construction (IAARC) , 2016, s. 470-477Konferansepaper (Fagfellevurdert)
    Abstract [en]

    Swedish industrial timber house building faces a constantly increasing housing demand. In order to respond to the demand, companies in this sector, have to improve their businesses in terms of productivity. At the same time, they need to meet customer requirements, i.e., offering flexible building solutions, thus creating a balance between productivity and flexibility. Off-site assembly of exterior walls is an essential part of the house production, and cutting down lead times at this phase hence, increases the competitiveness. If introduced in a right way, automation can contribute to a higher productivity. Thus, right levels of both physical and cognitive automation are necessary. The objective of this study is to measure the current levels of automation (LoA) within the off-site exterior wall assembly. Research design consisted of a literature study and a case study that was conducted at a Swedish company that is an engineer-to-order producer of single-family timber houses. A case study design was made according to the DYNAMO ++ framework. The framework was used in the assessment of LoA and designing flexible task allocation in many manufacturing industries, but there is a lack of knowledge on how to use this method in the industrial timber house building. The average physical and cognitive LoA of 124 identified tasks are 3 and 1 respectively. Increased physical and cognitive LoA for critical tasks would enable flexible task allocation between human operators and technology. It is believed that this type of flexibility can result in less production disturbances and higher productivity when a high variety of exterior walls is assembled.

  • 41.
    Salim, Roaa
    et al.
    Högskolan i Jönköping, Tekniska Högskolan, JTH. Forskningsmiljö Industriell produktion.
    Andersson, Oscar
    Högskolan i Jönköping, Tekniska Högskolan.
    Schneider, Christian
    Högskolan i Jönköping, Tekniska Högskolan.
    Winroth, Mats
    Högskolan i Jönköping, Tekniska Högskolan, JTH. Forskningsmiljö Industriell produktion. Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden.
    Säfsten, Kristina
    Högskolan i Jönköping, Tekniska Högskolan, JTH. Forskningsmiljö Industriell produktion.
    Levels of Automation in the wood products industry: A case study2016Inngår i: Proceedings of the 23rd EurOMA Conference, International Annual EurOMA Conference, 2016Konferansepaper (Fagfellevurdert)
    Abstract [en]

    The paper investigates the effect of the changeover in levels of automation (LoA) on the material utilization and the production flexibility in processing line systems, in the wood product industry. Further, the paper examines the applicability of the DYNAMO methodology in the chosen context. A case study was conducted where two processing line systems were analysed and compared in terms of LoA and performance. The results imply that consistency in quality and the ability to handle product complexity are affected by the changeover in LoA. 

  • 42.
    Salim, Roaa
    et al.
    Högskolan i Jönköping, Tekniska Högskolan, JTH. Forskningsmiljö Industriell produktion.
    Kristina, Säfsten
    Högskolan i Jönköping, Tekniska Högskolan, JTH. Forskningsmiljö Industriell produktion.
    Mats, Winroth
    Högskolan i Jönköping, Tekniska Högskolan, JTH. Forskningsmiljö Industriell produktion.
    Current situation analysis: Manufacturing challenges in woodworking sector2015Konferansepaper (Fagfellevurdert)
    Abstract [en]

    The woodworking sector is highly competitive and mostly competes by manufacturing cost and product quality. The raw material itself stands for more than 50% of total manufacturing cost. In order to decrease manufacturing costs, there is a need to increase quality and efficiency. Even though competitive manufacturing is a widely researched area, sparser research is focused on the woodworking sector. The purpose of this paper is to identify challenges affecting manufacturing competitiveness regarding the following: management, workforce, manufacturing process, material and material handling, and information. The results are based on a literature review supplemented by a case study, conducted at a Swedish interior wood products manufacturing firm. Results indicate that competence is a challenge inhibiting manufacturing competitiveness. Other challenges identified are related to, among others, adaptability. The woodworking sector has a low level of adaptation to manufacturing philosophies and technologies, leaving it lagging behind other industries.                             

  • 43.
    Sandgren, Andreas
    et al.
    Högskolan i Jönköping, Tekniska Högskolan, JTH, Industriell organisation och produktion. JTH. Forskningsområde Industriell produktion.
    Winroth, Mats
    Högskolan i Jönköping, Tekniska Högskolan, JTH, Industriell organisation och produktion. JTH. Forskningsområde Industriell produktion.
    Collaborative manufacturing networks: A study of success factors2005Inngår i: Proceedings of the 16th Annual POM Conference, 2005Konferansepaper (Annet vitenskapelig)
    Abstract [en]

    How can small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) stay competitive in the future when the challenge from low-cost countries is getting more and more severe? One possibility is to enter collaborative settings with other companies and in that way increase the supplier capabilities. But, in that case, which factors are most important when creating efficient supply networks? Technical foresights and roadmaps exemplify several issues that are important to develop to be successful in the future, such as to have an environmental consciousness for product and production. It is also important to create collaboration between suppliers as a mean to become more interesting as partners for systems integrators. This is a process for small and medium sized enterprises in their efforts to meet the increasing global competition. Collaborations between independent enterprises are however not easily created. Several factors will affect suppliers’ ability to create these collaborative networks and make them strong enough to enable competitive strength towards threats from actors on the global market. This article describes the most important success factors for these collaborative networks.

  • 44.
    Soosay, Claudine
    et al.
    University of South Australia Business School, Adelaide, Australia.
    Nunes, Breno
    Aston Business School, Aston University, Birmingham, UK.
    Bennett, David J.
    Department of Technology Management and Economics, Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden AND University of South Australia Business School, Adelaide, Australia.
    Sohal, Amrik
    Faculty of Business and Economics, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia.
    Jabar, Juhaini
    Faculty of Technology and Technopreneurship, Universiti Teknikal Malaysia Melaka, Melaka, Malaysia.
    Winroth, Mats
    Högskolan i Jönköping, Tekniska Högskolan, JTH, Industriell organisation och produktion. Högskolan i Jönköping, Tekniska Högskolan, JTH. Forskningsmiljö Industriell produktion. Department of Technology Management and Economics, Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden.
    Strategies for sustaining manufacturing competitiveness: Comparative case studies in Australia and Sweden2016Inngår i: Journal of Manufacturing Technology Management, ISSN 1741-038X, E-ISSN 1758-7786, Vol. 27, nr 1, s. 6-37Artikkel i tidsskrift (Fagfellevurdert)
    Abstract [en]

    Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to report an investigation of local sustainable production in Australia and Sweden aimed at exploring the factors contributing to survival and competitiveness of manufacturing companies.

    Design/methodology/approach – In Australia, six companies were studied in 2010, with comparisons being made with three of them from earlier projects. In Sweden, eight manufacturing companies were studied on two occasions 30 years apart, in 1980 and 2010. To provide a valid comparative perspective a common format for data collection and analysis was used.

    Findings – There has been a shift in the nature of competition in both Sweden and Australia due to an increasing complexity of the global business environment as well as changes in technology and customer expectations. Despite the differences in country context, the findings suggest that all the manufacturing companies have a good awareness of the elements of the market environment and the relationships with their competitive strategy. However, in general, the Swedish companies have more experience of managing the risks and benefits from operating in the international environment.

    Research limitations/implications – The results of the research are based on a relatively small sample of case companies in a limited number of industrial sectors. There are methodology implications for future research in the area.

    Practical implications – The research results have practical implications for the manufacturing industry, especially for companies operating in a competitive international environment.

    Originality/value – The paper is based on original case research and comparative analysis of data from different geographical contexts. It contributes to both theory and management practice about the strategic resources, decision choices, competitive environments and firm values needed to address external market demands as well as in building internal capabilities.

  • 45.
    Soosay, Claudine
    et al.
    University of South Australia, Adelaide, Australia.
    Nunes, Breno
    Aston University, Birmingham, UK.
    Bennett, David
    Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden.
    Sohal, Amrik
    Monash University, Melbourne, Australia.
    Jabar, Juhaini
    Universiti Teknikal Malaysia Melaka.
    Winroth, Mats
    Högskolan i Jönköping, Tekniska Högskolan, JTH. Forskningsmiljö Industriell produktion. Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden.
    Strategies for sustaining manufacturing competitiveness: Case studies of Australian firms2012Inngår i: Advances in manufacturing technology XXVI: tenth international conference on manufacturing research / [ed] Baines, T.S.; Clegg, B.T. and Harrison, D.K, Birmingham: Aston Business School, Aston University , 2012Konferansepaper (Fagfellevurdert)
    Abstract [en]

    This study investigates the strategies adopted by Australian manufacturing firms to sustain their local production and competitiveness, including during the period of the recent global financial crisis. Six Australian manufacturing organisations in different sectors were selected and analysed using the market-based and resource-based views, and components of the DRAMA framework. The findings highlight several factors and company efforts to sustain manufacturing operations. These organisations pursued a range of manufacturing strategies to enable distinctive offerings in the marketplace and used various ways to differentiate themselves. This was possible through the portfolio of capabilities that determine their continued production and business performance over the period. This study provides important lessons for managers in manufacturing organisations and demonstrates how differing capabilities and strategies of firms can impact the competitiveness of local production, not only in times of economic crisis but also in the long run to sustainable competitiveness in the future.

  • 46.
    Stahl, Bojan
    et al.
    Politecnico di Milano.
    Taghavi, Naghmeh
    Chalmers University of Technology.
    Winroth, Mats
    Högskolan i Jönköping, Tekniska Högskolan, JTH. Forskningsmiljö Industriell produktion.
    Kjellsdotter Ivert, Linea
    Chalmers University of Technology.
    Manufacturing strategy: The missing link between sustainability in corporate strategy and sustainable production2014Konferansepaper (Fagfellevurdert)
    Abstract [en]

    This paper provides insights into integration of sustainability into manufacturing strategy definition and implementation process. While literature argues that manufacturing strategy can be defined via top-down or bottom-up processes, and implementation is conducted via manufacturing improvement programs, companies struggle to successfully implement sustainability as a part of manufacturing strategy. Based on explorative multi case study research, the study shows that (i) the competitive priority choices are not the distinguishing factor whether sustainability is included in the manufacturing strategy, (ii) there is a mismatch between what firms think about sustainability and what they actually do. 

  • 47.
    Säfsten, Kristina
    et al.
    LiU, IKP.
    Winroth, Mats
    Högskolan i Jönköping, Tekniska Högskolan, JTH, Industriell organisation och produktion. Högskolan i Jönköping, Tekniska Högskolan, JTH. Forskningsområde Industriell organisation och produktion.
    Analysis of the congruence between manufacturing strategy and production system in SMME2001Inngår i: MANUFACTURING INFORMATION SYSTEMS: Proceedings of The Fourth SMESME International Conference Stimulating Manufacturing Excellence in Small & Medium Enterprises / [ed] Hans-Henrik Hvolby, 2001, s. 95-102Konferansepaper (Fagfellevurdert)
    Abstract [en]

    A production system must reflect a company’s manufacturing strategy and the chosen competitive priorities. Tools to assess the congruence between the manufacturing strategy and the production system can hence support the companies’ competitive position. In this paper, the usability of an analysis model suggested by Miltenburg (1995), aiming at mapping manufacturing strategy and production system is investigated. The usability of the analysis model is investigated in terms of the ease to use it and in terms of the obtained results. The investigation is performed by means of empirical studies in two medium sized manufacturing companies. The result is that the model seems to be useable in the senses that, if knowledge about the underlying principles in the analysis model is at hand, it is possible to investigate the congruence between manufacturing strategy and production system. It is, however, believed that the analysis model needs some further development to be considered an easy to use tool for e.g. the SMME production manager.

  • 48.
    Säfsten, Kristina
    et al.
    LiU, IKP.
    Winroth, Mats
    Högskolan i Jönköping, Tekniska Högskolan, JTH, Industriell organisation och produktion. Högskolan i Jönköping, Tekniska Högskolan, JTH. Forskningsområde Industriell organisation och produktion.
    Analysis of the congruence between manufacturing strategy and production system in SMME2002Inngår i: Computers in industry (Print), ISSN 0166-3615, E-ISSN 1872-6194, Vol. 49, nr 1, s. 91-106Artikkel i tidsskrift (Fagfellevurdert)
    Abstract [en]

    A production system must reflect a company’s manufacturing strategy and the chosen competitive priorities. Tools to assess the congruence between the manufacturing strategy and the production system can hence support the companies’ competitive position. In this paper, the usability of an analysis model suggested by Miltenburg (1995), aiming at mapping manufacturing strategy and production system, is investigated. The usefulness of the analysis model is investigated in terms of how easy it is to use and in terms of the obtained results. The investigation is performed by means of empirical studies in two medium sized manufacturing companies. The result is that the model seems to be useful in the sense that, if knowledge about the underlying principles in the analysis model is at hand, it is possible to investigate the congruence between a manufacturing strategy and a production system. It is, however, believed that the analysis model needs some further development to be considered an easy to use tool for e.g. the SMME production manager.

  • 49.
    Säfsten, Kristina
    et al.
    Högskolan i Jönköping, Tekniska Högskolan, JTH. Forskningsmiljö Industriell produktion. Högskolan i Jönköping, Tekniska Högskolan, JTH, Industriell organisation och produktion.
    Winroth, Mats
    Högskolan i Jönköping, Tekniska Högskolan, JTH. Forskningsmiljö Industriell produktion.
    Manufacturing strategies supporting competiveness in SMME2011Konferansepaper (Annet vitenskapelig)
    Abstract [en]

    Research on manufacturing strategies has been quite extensive during the past 40 years. The work has however been mostly focused on large companies. It has also mostly had a top-down approach, emerging from the view of top management based on market requirements, not taking production capabilities into consideration. It is however necessary to make a reconciliation of capabilities and competitive factors. In this paper we present the first results from a project on manufacturing strategies in small and medium sized manufacturing enterprises, SMMEs, in Jönköping region Sweden. This first step of the three year project is a survey and diagnosis of the present situation in the participating companies. We can see that the companies show different degrees of strategic maturity, which to some extent could be the consequence of them acting in different industrial areas with varying requirements, traditions and values. A common learning is that, even if the company does have a well-developed manufacturing strategy and ideas about future development, the communication out in the organization to employees is lacking. This leads to reduced sense of responsibility and commitment among the personnel.

  • 50.
    Säfsten, Kristina
    et al.
    Högskolan i Jönköping, Tekniska Högskolan, JTH. Forskningsmiljö Industriell produktion.
    Winroth, Mats
    Chalmers university of technology.
    Löfving, Malin
    Högskolan i Jönköping, Tekniska Högskolan, JTH, Industriell organisation och produktion. Högskolan i Jönköping, Tekniska Högskolan, JTH. Forskningsmiljö Industriell produktion.
    Development of a manufacturing strategy framework for SMEs2014Inngår i: Proceedings of the 21st EurOMA Conference, June 20-25, Palermo, Italy, International Annual EurOMA Conference, 2014Konferansepaper (Fagfellevurdert)
    Abstract [en]

    Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are very important to European industry, acting as suppliers to global companies, but also as OEMs. To keep up with competition from global sourcing, they however need to be pro-active and have clear ideas on how to compete. In this work, manufacturing strategies may constitute the necessary guidance. In this paper we present the development of an analytical tool for manufacturing strategy formulation, easy to use and thus suitable to SMEs, who often lack resources in terms of competence or money.

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