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The Study of a Kitchen Assembly Process in Industrial Housing
Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Industrial Marketing and Industrial Economics. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Industrial Marketing and Industrial Economics. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
2011 (English)Conference paper, Published paper (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The kitchen is the heart of the house where people spend much of their time. It is, therefore, an important room that requires high quality. Because construction is argued to be unproductive and wasteful with low quality, studying a kitchen assemblage in detail is of particular interest due to its complexity with many details. In lean, the visualization and transparency of processes is the core for waste reduction and improvement. Low productivity levels are often argued to depend on a lack of information about the root causes of process problems. Thus, more information about the installation process of kitchens by studying the process is needed to target the sources of problems in terms of waste. The purpose of this paper is to gain a further understanding of how value stream mapping can be used to identify different types of waste that occur when acquiring and installing kitchens. Value stream mapping is carried out through observations and interviews at an industrialized timber house manufacturer. Data analysis resulted in information about inconsistencies in the kitchen installation process, i.e. the root causes of costs and delays for the entire housing project.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2011.
Keyword [en]
Industrialized housing, waste, kitchen assembly, value stream mapping
National Category
Social Sciences
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-67112OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-67112DiVA: diva2:407349
Conference
6th Nordic Conference of Construction Economics and Organization, April 13-15, Copenhagen, Denmark
Available from: 2011-03-30 Created: 2011-03-30 Last updated: 2011-03-30Bibliographically approved
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1. Towards Partnerships in Industrialized Housing
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2011 (English)Licentiate thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The purpose of this thesis is to describe and analyse purchasing strategies and their interdependence with the production process and supplier relationships in industrialized housing. The thesis is a multiple case study of four Swedish industrialized timber-housing manufacturers. The case studies included interviews with top managers concerning purchasing, production and supplier relationships. Production is considered the heart of the company. Therefore, to gain an in-depth knowledge of how production affects purchasing and thus supplier relationships and vice versa, observations were made to study the production process. Many different parts and competences need to be coordinated in the creation of a house. In the West, the construction industry has been heavily criticized for low efficiency and effectiveness. Conclusions from the case studies showed that codevelopment, customization and secure deliveries are regarded highly by industrial house builders and to obtain them, long-term relationships with suppliers are preferred. Industrialized house builders are argued to have more long-term relationships with their suppliers than traditional on-site builders. Industrial house builders choose their suppliers based on the purchased products’ value-in-production rather than price. Product and process innovations created in collaboration with suppliers seem to be a way to enhance the production process of houses. Through the site resource of the factory, industrial house builders have the potential to refine their processes in win-win partnerships with suppliers for a more efficient and effective production of houses, as onsite work is harder to standardize and control.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Linköping: Linköping University Electronic Press, 2011. 85 p.
Series
Linköping Studies in Science and Technology. Thesis, ISSN 0280-7971 ; 1479
National Category
Social Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-67114 (URN)LiU-TEK-Lic 2011:18 (Local ID)978-91-7393-177-9 (ISBN)LiU-TEK-Lic 2011:18 (Archive number)LiU-TEK-Lic 2011:18 (OAI)
Presentation
2011-04-05, ACAS, Hus A, Campus Valla, Linköpings universitet, Linköping, 13:15 (English)
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Available from: 2011-03-30 Created: 2011-03-30 Last updated: 2011-05-23Bibliographically approved

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