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Contextual conditions influencing the schedulers work at a sawmill
Industrial Engineering and Management, School of Engineering, Jönköping University, Sweden.
Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Quality Technology and Management. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
2010 (English)In: Production planning & control (Print), ISSN 0953-7287, E-ISSN 1366-5871, Vol. 21, no 4, 359-374 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This case study addresses the issue of how contextual conditions influence scheduling work in practice at a sawmill in Sweden. Based on observations and interviews, activity analysis was used to study the work activities of the main scheduler. It is shown how the contextual conditions related to constraints, either in the technical system and the technical scheduling tools used by the scheduler or in the social system, delimit the possible ways for the scheduler to perform his work. It is furthermore illustrated how the scheduler sometimes used the contextual conditions as a means to control the sawmill production. Moreover, the presence of the numerous uncertainties in the production process is shown. Finally, the study demonstrates that the schedulers thorough knowledge, experience, and skills of both the technical and the social systems had immense influence in his ability to perform during daily scheduling work.

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Taylor & Francis, 2010. Vol. 21, no 4, 359-374 p.
Keyword [en]
planning and scheduling, activity analysis, socio-technical systems, uncertainty, woodworking industry
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Engineering and Technology
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-56680DOI: 10.1080/09537280903453885ISI: 000277651300003OAI: diva2:321240
Available from: 2010-05-31 Created: 2010-05-31 Last updated: 2012-08-24Bibliographically approved

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