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Innovative House Components to Decrease Complexity
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.
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Abstract [en]

The specific topic of innovation in construction has only recently been given as much attention as in many other sectors. In the realms of lean production, much literature points out that the peculiarities of production in the construction industry lead to variability and thus waste and low performance levels with respect to productivity and value to clients. Innovative component solutions could possibly decrease the variability and complexity and therefore solve these issues. The purpose of this paper is to illustrate some potential areas where innovative house components could possibility decrease construction complexity and create a leaner construction process. A case study was conducted to collect data from bathrooms and kitchen installations at a house construction company. The impact of this research may have commercial value for suppliers, since they often are the drivers of innovation. The social impact of the research is to highlight problem areas that can enhance the final product for endcustomers. Enhanced system design may also contribute to greater production efficiency and reduced waste, leading to a lower impact on the environment.

Keyword [en]
Innovation, construction, process improvement, customer value
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Social Sciences
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-67113OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-67113DiVA: diva2:407351
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
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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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