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Improvement Group Development and Their use of Quality Tools - an Empirical Study
Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Project management, Innovations and Entrepreneurship . Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
2006 (English)In: 6th International CINet conference, "Continuous Innovatin - (Ways of) Making Things Happen", 2006Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

It has been argued that continuous improvement is an introduction of different quality tools. In this empirical study the use of tools is very limited but the results are anyhow fairly OK. The results of different improvement groups vary substantially and the reason for this variation is mostly difference in knowledge and skill among the groups.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2006.
Keyword [en]
continuos improvement, effective groups, quality tools
National Category
Social Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-37014Local ID: 33402ISBN: 90-77360-05-0 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-37014DiVA: diva2:257863
Conference
7th International CINet conference, "CI and Sustainability - Designing the road ahead" 8-12 September 2006, Lucca, Italy
Available from: 2009-10-10 Created: 2009-10-10 Last updated: 2013-12-04
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1. Learning and Production Improvements
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Learning and Production Improvements
2007 (English)Licentiate thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The overall purpose of the thesis is to explore the role of learning in production improvement work.

The research questions are:

How does learning in production relate to investments in new machinery for existing processes and new processes?

How is learning in production related to using production improvement methods?

The answer to the first question is that regardless if the investment is in machinery for existing processes or new processes, learning plays an important role, both in the specification phase and in the production phase. In the specification/purchasing phase learning will lead to a better ability to specify the process equipment and to evaluate different supplier proposals. In the production phase learning can positively affect both the availability and the pace of the production process.

The findings concerning the second question is that to be able to use improvement methods they have to be learned, and by using the methods you learn. The methods facilitate learning. It is possible to learn and improve without methods but it is not possible to use improvement methods without learning them. The ability (and willingness) to learn is more fundamental than improvement methods. Therefore production improvement projects depend more on learning ability than on improvement methods.

When improving a production system investment in equipment and improvement methods are important. But there is a common decisive factor for both investments in equipment and improvement methods and that is the ability to learn.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Linköping: Linköpings universitet, 2007. 31 p.
Series
Linköping Studies in Science and Technology. Thesis, ISSN 0280-7971 ; 1316
National Category
Engineering and Technology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-40422 (URN)53229 (Local ID)978-91-85831-67-8 (ISBN)53229 (Archive number)53229 (OAI)
Available from: 2009-10-10 Created: 2009-10-10 Last updated: 2013-12-04

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