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  • 151.
    Sequeira, Movin
    et al.
    Jönköping University, School of Engineering, JTH, Supply Chain and Operations Management.
    Hilletofth, Per
    Jönköping University, School of Engineering, JTH, Supply Chain and Operations Management.
    Eriksson, David
    Jönköping University, School of Engineering, JTH, Supply Chain and Operations Management.
    Sollander, Kristina
    Jönköping University, School of Engineering, JTH, Supply Chain and Operations Management.
    Reshoring drivers in a Swedish manufacturing context2018Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 152.
    Sollander, Kristina
    et al.
    Jönköping University, School of Engineering, JTH, Industrial Engineering and Management. Jönköping University, School of Engineering, JTH. Research area Industrial Production.
    Hilletofth, Per
    Jönköping University, School of Engineering, JTH, Industrial Engineering and Management. Jönköping University, School of Engineering, JTH. Research area Industrial Production.
    Eriksson, David
    Jönköping University, School of Engineering, JTH, Industrial Engineering and Management. Jönköping University, School of Engineering, JTH. Research area Industrial Production.
    Motiv till återflyttning av produktion till Sverige2016In: Proceedings of the Plan Research Conference, Växjö, 19-20 oktober, 2016., Plan , 2016Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [sv]

    De senaste åren har en ny inriktning börjat växa fram där företag ser behov av att ha produktion och/eller leverantörer närmare kunden. Återflyttning av produktion (reshoring) har därför fått ökad uppmärksamhet. Syftet med den här studien är att identifiera motiv till återflyttning av produktion till Sverige. Studien har genomförts i två steg. Först genomfördes en litteraturstudie för att identifiera vilka motiv som beskrivs i litteraturen. Därefter genomfördes en fallstudie för att identifiera vilka motiv som finns i en svensk kontext. Studien påvisar att en majoritet av motiven till reshoring, som beskrivs i litteraturen, ä raktuella i en svensk kontext. Utav de 38 motiv som identifierats i litteraturen har 21 återfunnits i fallstudien. Utöver att bekräfta flera av motiven till reshoring från litteraturen har den här studien även påvisat fem nya motiv. Fallföretagens främsta motiv till att reshora varierar, vilket tyder på att det finns kontextuella faktorer att beakta.

  • 153.
    Sollander, Kristina
    et al.
    Jönköping University, School of Engineering, JTH, Industrial Engineering and Management.
    Hilletofth, Per
    Jönköping University, School of Engineering, JTH, Industrial Engineering and Management.
    Eriksson, David
    Jönköping University, School of Engineering, JTH, Industrial Engineering and Management.
    Reshoring barriers in a Swedish context: A multiple case study2017In: Proceedings of the 24th International Annual EurOMA Conference, International Annual EurOMA Conference, 2017Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 154.
    Sollander, Kristina
    et al.
    Jönköping University, School of Engineering, JTH, Industrial Engineering and Management.
    Hilletofth, Per
    Jönköping University, School of Engineering, JTH, Industrial Engineering and Management.
    Eriksson, David
    Jönköping University, School of Engineering, JTH, Industrial Engineering and Management.
    Varför flyttar svenska företag hem sin produktion?2017In: Bättre produktivitet, no 5, p. 16-21Article in journal (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
  • 155.
    Szekely, Bulcsu
    et al.
    Lappeenranta University of Technology.
    Hilletofth, Per
    Högskolan i Skövde, Forskningscentrum för Virtuella system.
    Bakhsheshi, Amir Fazel
    Lappeenranta University of Technology.
    Role of Software Applications in Logistics Decision Making: Case of Warehouse Management Systems2009In: Networked Logistics and Production at South-East Finland, St Petersburg and Leningrad Oblast / [ed] Olli-Pekka Hilmola & Eugene Korovyakovsky, Lappeenranta University of Technology , 2009, p. 111-144Chapter in book (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    The ability of software applications to help solving logistics related problems has become of critical importance in general and bringing about productivity improvements in particular. This research is to scrutinize the role of IT solutions in this regard with warehouse systems in focus. According to the findings, software applications will contain increasing functionalities for training and guiding in finding and implementing novel logistics operational models with the goal of increasing return on investment with fewer resources. Intelligent automatically itself-adjusting service level agreement platforms might well be in the centre of focus of attention in the near future. The case study reveals that by synchronizing warehousing processes with advanced functionalities of a wms it becomes feasible to integrate strategic tactical considerations into operational matters in logistics decisions. In this manner it will be possible to enhance capacity utilization rates in executing processes despite large scale fluctuations in demand so as to increase responsiveness towards customers. In turn these factors will bring further simplicity and transparency into the contractual relations between the parties of a supply chain.

  • 156.
    Szekely, Bulcsu
    et al.
    Lappeenranta University of Technology, Finland.
    Saranen, Juha
    Lappeenranta University of Technology, Finland.
    Hilmola, Olli-Pekka
    Lappeenranta University of Technology, Finland.
    Toikka, Tero
    Lappeenranta University of Technology, Finland.
    Hilletofth, Per
    University of Skövde, Sweden.
    Globalization and international division of work: New ways of co-operation within lean production networks2008In: Proceedings of the 4th Railway logistics Seminar: Co-operation among Transportation Modes in Northern Europe, Kouvola, Finland, 2008, p. 181-198Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Specialization, higher competition and global markets have resulted on situation, where industrial companiesneed to transform their operating structures to more lean (efficient), but also being able maintain their agility(flexibility for changes in order that profitability is assured). This finding also got ground in our literature review– leanness and agility are not necessarily opposite paradigms in manufacturing companies. However, indeveloping economies implementing leanness, and having responsive logistics performance is characterized byfusion of macro logistics (governmental) and business logistics issues. Our three case studies verify literaturefindings, and shed some North-European and Russian perspective on the research regarding this topic. Based onfindings, both Finnish and Swedish case companies are increasingly favoring foreign suppliers, and emphasis isespecially on developing economies. Also integration of product life-cycles on the logistics decisions is vital,and input factor in logistics configuration decisions. Russian manufacturing unit case study, operating near-byFinnish border, reveals that properly working logistics flow is essential for business success, since deliveries arenot limited to Finnish Original Equipment Manufacturers or Russian markets, but Russian case company needsto manage shipments directly to China and India too. International shipments are managed through Finland,while manufacturing base is located in Russia.

  • 157.
    Tezel, Algan
    et al.
    University of Huddersfield.
    Papadonikolaki, Eleni
    University College London.
    Yitmen, Ibrahim
    Jönköping University, School of Engineering, JTH, Civil Engineeering and Lighting Science.
    Hilletofth, Per
    Jönköping University, School of Engineering, JTH, Supply Chain and Operations Management.
    Preparing Construction Supply Chains for Blockchain: An Exploratory Analysis2019Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Blockchain, a peer-to-peer controlled, distributed database structure, has the potential to profoundly affect the current business transactions in the construction industry through smart contracts, cryptocurrencies, and reliable asset tracking. The construction industry has often been criticized for being slow in embracing emerging technologies and not effectively diffusing those technologies through its supply chains. Often, the extensive fragmentation, traditional procurement structures, destructive competition, lack of collaboration and transparency, low-profit margins and human resources are shown as the main culprits for this. As Blockchain makes its presence felt strongly in many other industries like finance and banking, this paper investigates how to prepare construction supply chains for Blockchain technology through an explorative analysis. Empirical data for the study were collected through semi-structured interviews with 17 subject experts. Alongside presenting a SWOT (strengths, weaknesses opportunities, threats) analysis, the paper exhibits the requirements for and steps toward a construction supply structure facilitated by Blockchain.

  • 158.
    Tsai, Chung-Ju
    et al.
    National Chung-Hsing University, Taichung, Taiwan.
    Lee, Tzong-Ru
    National Chung-Hsing University, Taichung, Taiwan.
    Yen, Szu-Wei
    Wufeng University, Chia-Yi, Taiwan.
    Hilletofth, Per
    Jönköping University, School of Engineering, JTH, Industrial Engineering and Management. Jönköping University, School of Engineering, JTH. Research area Industrial Production.
    Operational process stages of brand alliances: A case study from the reinforcing bar and the construction industries2015In: European Business Review, ISSN 0955-534X, E-ISSN 1758-7107, Vol. 27, no 4, p. 389-408Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Purpose– The purpose of this research is to investigate how companies in the reinforcing bar industry and the construction industry operate and implement brand alliances.

    Design/methodology/approach– This research uses a qualitative interview survey and the grounded theory method to extract key factors of brand alliance development and management in the targeted industries. The interview survey included six managers from different construction companies in Taiwan.

    Findings– This research identifies four common firm-level operational process stages (core categories) of brand alliances including different multidimensional factors, and proposes a conceptual model based on these identified core process stages. The four common core process stages include selection of brand alliance partners, communication with brand alliance partners, enforcement of brand alliances and assessment of brand alliances.

    Originality/value– The proposed model offers a tentative explanation of the development and management of brand alliances between the reinforcing bar industry and the construction industry. This study represents an initial research attempt in this field and explains how reinforcing bar and construction companies operate and implement brand alliances.

  • 159.
    Van Laere, Joeri
    et al.
    University of Skövde, Sweden.
    Nilsson, Maria
    University of Skövde, Sweden.
    Ujvari, Sandor
    University of Skövde, Sweden.
    Hilletofth, Per
    University of Skövde, Sweden.
    Reflections on fusion systems requirements analysis for maintenance planning2008In: Proceedings of the 2nd Skövde Workshop on Information Fusion planning, Skövde, Sweden, 2008, p. 5-8Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Non-defense related industry and public organizations are becoming more and more interested to utilize the power of information fusion applications. The journey from “we have a lot of data from different sources and we would like it to be fused” to well-defined requirements for information fusion applications may however be long and the steps to be taken far from clear. This research in progress paper reflects on the initial steps of a systems requirements analysis in a case study at a maintenance service organization. What questions need to be answered according to existing requirements analysis methods? Where and how can answers be obtained? What problems can arise and how can one handle these? The experiences gathered and discussed can be a basis of the improvement of requirements analysis methods and give a richer understanding of the application of such methods.

  • 160.
    Wiesmann, Benedikt
    et al.
    Jönköping University, School of Engineering, JTH, Industrial Engineering and Management.
    Snoei, Jochem Ronald
    Jönköping University, School of Engineering, JTH, Industrial Engineering and Management.
    Hilletofth, Per
    Jönköping University, School of Engineering, JTH, Industrial Engineering and Management.
    Eriksson, David
    Jönköping University, School of Engineering, JTH, Industrial Engineering and Management.
    Drivers and barriers to reshoring: A literature review on offshoring in reverse2017In: European Business Review, ISSN 0955-534X, E-ISSN 1758-7107, Vol. 29, no 1, p. 15-42Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Purpose

    The purpose of this paper is to clarify the rather blurry concept of reshoring and its main drivers and barriers. At the same time, the paper seeks to provide a much-needed overview of the scientific theories used in previous research on reshoring.

    Design/methodology/approach

    The paper gathers information from previous published research. Data were collected through a systematic literature review on “reshoring” using primarily qualitative research techniques. Through a structured keyword search and subsequent elimination of papers, 22 peer-reviewed journal papers made it into the final review.

    Findings

    There is currently no consensus on the definition or “theory of reshoring”. Drivers and barriers could be grouped into five different sets of dynamics: global competitive dynamics, home country, host country, supply chain and firm-specific.

    Research limitations/implications

    Researchers need to consider the future development of the field and work toward an accepted terminology. Models about reshoring decisions need to include several decision criteria, which goes beyond financial metrics.

    Practical implications

    Practitioners need to carefully consider the decision to reshore as to not make rushed decisions. The final decision needs to consider factors such as quality, risk and brand reputation.

    Originality/value

    The paper is, to authors’ knowledge, the first overview of earlier research in a research journal. It provides a much-needed overview of an emerging field that can hold great importance for both future research and production. The constructed framework structures the dynamics (drivers and barriers) associated with reshoring.

  • 161.
    Wlazlak, Paraskeva
    et al.
    Jönköping University, School of Engineering, JTH, Industrial Product Development, Production and Design.
    Hilletofth, Per
    Jönköping University, School of Engineering, JTH, Supply Chain and Operations Management.
    Johansson, G.
    Säfsten, Kristina
    Jönköping University, School of Engineering, JTH, Supply Chain and Operations Management. Jönköping University, School of Engineering, JTH, Industrial Product Development, Production and Design.
    Managing disturbances during the industrialisation process from a supplier perspectiveManuscript (preprint) (Other academic)
  • 162.
    Wlazlak, Paraskeva
    et al.
    Jönköping University, School of Engineering, JTH. Research area Industrial Production. Jönköping University, School of Engineering, JTH, Industrial Engineering and Management.
    Hilletofth, Per
    Jönköping University, School of Engineering, JTH. Research area Industrial Production. Jönköping University, School of Engineering, JTH, Industrial Engineering and Management.
    Johansson, Glenn
    Jönköping University, School of Engineering, JTH. Research area Industrial Production. Jönköping University, School of Engineering, JTH, Industrial Engineering and Management.
    Säfsten, Kristina
    Jönköping University, School of Engineering, JTH. Research area Industrial Production. Jönköping University, School of Engineering, JTH, Industrial Engineering and Management.
    Supplier involvement in product development: Critical issues from a supplier perspective2015In: Proceedings of the 22nd EurOMA International Annual Conference, Neuchâtel, Switzerland, 26 June–1 July, 2015, International Annual EurOMA Conference, 2015Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) typically outsource the industrialization of components to suppliers. Hence, the OEMs are dependent on the suppliers’ capabilities to perform industrialization projects. However, suppliers often experience various difficulties when involved in the OEMs’ product development projects. Therefore, the aim of the paper is to explore challenges that suppliers face during industrialization projects, their causes and the effects. Actions to mitigate these challenges are further explored. Based on an in-depth single case study at a Swedish supplier from the metal components industry, the study resulted in seven challenging issues during industrialization projects from a supplier perspective.

  • 163.
    Wlazlak, Paraskeva
    et al.
    Jönköping University, School of Engineering, JTH, Supply Chain and Operations Management. Jönköping University, School of Engineering, JTH, Industrial Product Development, Production and Design.
    Säfsten, Kristina
    Jönköping University, School of Engineering, JTH, Supply Chain and Operations Management. Jönköping University, School of Engineering, JTH, Industrial Product Development, Production and Design. School of Innovation, Design and Engineering, Mälardalen University, Eskilstuna, Sweden.
    Hilletofth, Per
    Jönköping University, School of Engineering, JTH, Supply Chain and Operations Management. Department of Industrial Engineering and Management, University of Gävle, Gävle, Sweden.
    Original equipment manufacturer (OEM)-supplier integration to prepare for production ramp-up2019In: Journal of Manufacturing Technology Management, ISSN 1741-038X, E-ISSN 1758-7786, Vol. 30, no 2, p. 506-530Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Purpose: Although prior research provides evidence that production ramp-up is often disrupted by supplier-related problems, it fails to discuss how the original equipment manufacturer (OEM) and various types of suppliers integrate their functions and operations to secure preparations for production ramp-up. The purpose of this paper is to investigate OEM–supplier integration in a new product development (NPD) project to prepare for production ramp-up.

    Design/methodology/approach: The results presented in this paper are based on a real-time, longitudinal study of a single collaborative NPD project in the mechanical engineering industry. The NPD project involves seven suppliers and it is carried out in a large Swedish company (the OEM) and fits the theory-elaborating approach of this research.

    Findings: This study argues that the aspect of timing in OEM–supplier integration, the OEM’s research and development (R&D) attitude toward collaboration and the OEM’s (R&D) operating procedure are challenges affecting the preparation for production ramp-up. The following three mechanisms to facilitate OEM–supplier integration in order to prepare for production ramp-up are also discussed: the mediator’s role, the OEM’s face-to-face meeting at the project level and suppliers’ formal face-to-face meetings with the OEM and internally.

    Originality/value: This paper elaborates on and extends prior research on production ramp-up by conducting an empirical analysis that incorporates supplier integration in NPD. It bridges the gap between the literature on production ramp-up and on supplier integration in NPD and clearly indicates that supplier integration is an important prerequisite for successful production ramp-up. 

  • 164.
    Wlazlak, Paraskeva
    et al.
    Jönköping University, School of Engineering, JTH, Supply Chain and Operations Management. Jönköping University, School of Engineering, JTH, Industrial Product Development, Production and Design.
    Säfsten, Kristina
    Jönköping University, School of Engineering, JTH, Supply Chain and Operations Management. Jönköping University, School of Engineering, JTH, Industrial Product Development, Production and Design. Mälardalen University, Eskilstuna.
    Hilletofth, Per
    Jönköping University, School of Engineering, JTH, Supply Chain and Operations Management.
    Johansson, Glenn
    Jönköping University, School of Engineering, JTH, Supply Chain and Operations Management. Jönköping University, School of Engineering, JTH, Industrial Product Development, Production and Design. Mälardalen University, Eskilstuna.
    Integration of Suppliers’ Workflows in the OEMs’ New Product Development Process2018In: Procedia Manufacturing, E-ISSN 2351-9789, Vol. 25, p. 479-486Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This research explores integration of the suppliers’ workflows in the OEM’s new product development (NPD) process, to support the production ramp-up. Based on multiple-case study approach, incorporating both the OEM and the supplier perspective, this research explains critical aspects for the integration of suppliers’ workflows in the OEM’s NPD process, and when these aspects need to be addressed. The results show that face-to-face meeting on a project level, standardized work model, readiness of the component specifications, role of Supplier Quality Assurance (SQA) engineer, quality assurance document provided to the suppliers, etc. are critical aspects.

  • 165.
    Yurtkulu Akgun, Emine Zehra
    et al.
    Jönköping University, School of Engineering, JTH, Industrial Engineering and Management.
    Hilletofth, Per
    Jönköping University, School of Engineering, JTH, Industrial Engineering and Management. Jönköping University, School of Engineering, JTH. Research area Industrial Production.
    Johansson, Glenn
    Jönköping University, School of Engineering, JTH. Research area Industrial Production.
    Supply chain related decisions in product development projects: Insights from the industry2015In: Proceedings of the 22nd International Annual EurOMA Conference, Neuchatel, June 26th-July 1st, 2015, International Annual EurOMA Conference, 2015Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The purposeof this study is to investigate supply chain related decisions that are considered in product development projects, product development related decisionsconsideredin product development projectsthathave an impact onsupply chain performance, andsupply chain related decisions that are missing in product development projects.Identified decisions consist of strategic level decisions and tactical level decisions. The findings indicate that the supply chain functions havesignificantdesire to get their decisionsinvolvedin product development projects. On the other hand, product development functions feel less pressureregardinghow product development decisions affectsupply chain performance.

  • 166.
    Yurtkulu, Emine Zehra
    et al.
    Jönköping University, School of Engineering, JTH. Research area Industrial Production.
    Hilletofth, Per
    Jönköping University, School of Engineering, JTH. Research area Industrial Production. Jönköping University, School of Engineering, JTH, Industrial Engineering and Management.
    Hilmola, Olli-Pekka
    Lappeenranta University of Technology, Kouvola Research Unit, Kouvola, Finland.
    Extended service use and new product possibilities in Swedish trucking2014In: World Review of Intermodal Transportation Research (WRITR), ISSN 1749-4729, E-ISSN 1749-4737, Vol. 5, no 1, p. 80-98Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The purpose of this study is to examine how extended services from vehicle manufacturers can enhance value and reduce risk for transportation companies. The research shows that some transportation companies found extended services useful in order to enhance value and to decrease risks, while some of the companies mentioned advantages of not using extended services. Increased customer service and increased up time are some of the value factors. Decreased number of delays and decreased likelihood of breakdowns are some of the risk factors mentioned by the case companies. This study contributes the knowledge by examining the transporters' experiences of using extended services. The study also identifies feedback loop to develop further physical products based on case study and user service package experiences - one key component in the further development is to use simultaneously financial and overall service packages.

  • 167.
    Yurtkulu, Emine Zehra
    et al.
    Jönköping University, School of Engineering, JTH, Industrial Engineering and Management. Jönköping University, School of Engineering, JTH. Research area Industrial Production.
    Hilletofth, Per
    Jönköping University, School of Engineering, JTH, Industrial Engineering and Management. Jönköping University, School of Engineering, JTH. Research area Industrial Production.
    Hilmola, Olli-Pekka
    Lappeenranta University of Technology, Finland.
    Value and risk of extended services within Swedish road freight sector2013In: Proceedings of the 20th International Annual EurOMA Conference, International Annual EurOMA Conference, 2013Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The purpose of this study is to examine, how extended services from vehicle manufacturers can enhance value and reduce risk for transportation companies. The research shows that some transportation companies found extended services useful in order to enhance value and to decrease risks, while some of the companies mentioned advantages of not using extended services. Increased customer service, increased up-time are some of the value factors. Decreased number of delays, decreased likelihood of breakdowns are some of the risk factors mentioned by the case companies. This study contributes the knowledge by examining the transporters’ experiences of using extended services.

  • 168.
    Yurtkulu, Emine Zehra
    et al.
    Jönköping University, School of Engineering, JTH, Industrial Engineering and Management. Jönköping University, School of Engineering, JTH. Research area Industrial Production.
    Hilletofth, Per
    Jönköping University, School of Engineering, JTH, Industrial Engineering and Management. Jönköping University, School of Engineering, JTH. Research area Industrial Production.
    Johansson, Glenn
    Jönköping University, School of Engineering, JTH, Industrial Engineering and Management. Jönköping University, School of Engineering, JTH. Research area Industrial Production.
    Foundation of the integration of supply chain decisions in new product development2014In: Proceedings of the 21th International Annual EurOMA Conference, International Annual EurOMA Conference, 2014Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The purpose of this study is to identify and classify supply chain decisions, which havecritical roles in new product development. Supply chain management completes themissing part of the new product development puzzle and provides a holistic view onvarious operational aspects such as on-time product launch, capacity utilization,inventory management, and accurate order processing. Findings of this study arepresented in a conceptual framework. Identified supply chain decisions are classified ina generic new product development model based on the main logistics drivers such assupply, manufacturing planning and control and transportation, to increase theunderstanding about role of different logistics drivers in different phases of new productdevelopment.

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