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  • 1. Berglund, M.
    et al.
    Harlin, Ulrika
    RISE - Research Institutes of Sweden, Materials and Production, IVF.
    Gustavsson, M
    Säfsten, K.
    Development activities in product introductions: – a cross functional approach2011Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 2.
    Berglund, M.
    et al.
    Linköping University.
    Harlin, Ulrika
    RISE - Research Institutes of Sweden, Materials and Production, IVF.
    Gustavsson, M.
    Linköping University.
    Säfsten, K.
    Jönköping University.
    New ways of organizing product introductions2012In: Work, 2012, Vol. 41, no SUPPL.1, p. 4856-4861Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The aim of this paper is to describe and reflect on an interactive research approach used to address the challenges on how to improve product introductions, the part of the product realization process associated with the transfer of a product from product development to serial production. In the interactive research approach, research results as well as improvement of practice are given equal importance. The collaboration between researchers and practitioners therefore addresses both the focus and the process of the change. The approach includes four main iterative steps: 1) mapping/diagnosis, 2) feedback of results, 3) participation in development activities, and 4) follow-up/evaluation. The paper reports findings from interactive research in one company within office product industry and one company group, consisting of three company units within the engine industry. Preliminary findings indicate that the participating companies afterwards work in a more structured way with product introductions and that the employees have gained deeper knowledge about product introductions as well as experienced the advantages of working across functional boundaries. Furthermore, the interactive research approach is suitable to run projects from an ergonomics perspective as it focuses on developing both practice and theory, it is human-centered, and it emphasizes broad participation from practitioners. © 2012 - IOS Press and the authors. All rights reserved.

  • 3.
    Berglund, Martina
    et al.
    Linköping University.
    Harlin, Ulrika
    RISE - Research Institutes of Sweden, Materials and Production, IVF.
    Boundary crossing in product introductions considering humans, technology and organization2014In: Proceedings of ODAM NES 2014 / [ed] O. Broberg, N. Fallentin, P. Hasle, P.L. Jensen, A. Kabel, M.E. Larsen, T. Weller, 2014, p. 349-354Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The objective of the paper is to analyze how a product introduction involving Swedish-Chinese collaboration was influenced by human, technological and organizational aspects. The study showed that technical challenges concerned the infrastructure for communication and quality issues; organizational challenges concerned the new project model and updating drawing versions; and human related challenges included cultural differences and communication. The product introduction was highly challenging by crossing earlier boundaries in the human, technical, and organizational subsystems. Strong work demands were placed on the individuals while offering great opportunities for individual learning. Concurrent development of a new project model resulted in organizational learning.

  • 4.
    Berglund, Martina
    et al.
    Linköping University, Sweden.
    Harlin, Ulrika
    RISE - Research Institutes of Sweden, Materials and Production, IVF.
    Elg, Mattias
    Linköping University, Sweden.
    AFoU – a network for sustainable working life and development2017In: Proc. of the The Nordic Ergonomics and Society conference, NES-2017 ‘Joy at Work’, organized by Lund University (LTH) in association with the Ergonomics and Human Factors Society in Sweden (EHSS), and 20-23 August 2017, Sweden, Lund, 2017Conference paper (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    The aim of this paper is to describe and reflect on the development of the Swedish network AFoU (Workplace related R&D for sustainable working life). The overall goal with the network AFoU is to strengthen research contributing to sustainable working life, research that makes significant improvements, and future organizations characterized by competitiveness, quality and renewal through good working conditions. AFoU was started in 2015 and it consists of researchers from different disciplines, practitioners and representatives for unions and employer organizations. The network strives to combine high-quality research with practical use. This is achieved through collaboration between different stakeholders and across disciplines, thereby co-creating new knowledge that is needed to meet current and future demands.

  • 5.
    Berglund, Martina
    et al.
    Linköping University, Sweden.
    Harlin, Ulrika
    RISE - Research Institutes of Sweden, Materials and Production, IVF.
    Säfsten, Karolina
    Jönköping University, Sweden;Mälardalen University, Sweden.
    INTERACTIVE RESEARCH INPRODUCTION START-UP2018Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Research regarding production start-ups hasincreased in interest during the last decades.However, there is still a need to learn more aboutsuitable research approaches in production startupsas the research need to be carried out in achallenging environment, where industrialpractitioners often have time-pressure, handlingevents and uncertainties related to both the productand the production system. This paper is based ona meta-analysis of four research projectsaddressing production start-ups including activitiesbefore, during and after the start-ups. Focus of thepaper is on how an interactive research approachcan be implemented to achieve learning andchange among individual practitioners, at grouplevel and at organizational level. The findings ofthe paper may contribute to increasedunderstanding of interactive research in dynamicprocesses and contribute to the development ofresearch on production start-ups.

  • 6.
    Fast-Berglund, Åsa
    et al.
    Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden.
    Harlin, Ulrika
    RISE - Research Institutes of Sweden, Materials and Production, IVF, Arbetsmiljö.
    Åkerman, Magnus
    RISE - Research Institutes of Sweden, Materials and Production. Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden.
    Digitalisation of Meetings – From White-boards to Smart-boards2016In: Procedia CIRP, ISSN 2212-8271, E-ISSN 2212-8271, Vol. 41, p. 1125-1130Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Information is a vital resource in development activities of any business. These systems also play a very important role in the knowledge sharing of an organisation. In order to properly bridge over from the information system to the organisation system, the transformation process from data, via information, to knowledge becomes important to understand. A challenge is to create appropriate conditions in both the organization system and in the information system enhancing knowledge sharing among employees, and promote organizational learning. This paper will analyse an industrial example of weekly planning meetings for preventative maintenance, this will be illustrated in the OS-M-IS model i.e. were the information sharing exist in a current situation (whiteboards). A future situation of the same case will be tested and evaluated in a lab environment (with SMART boards and iObeya) as a first step.

  • 7.
    Fasth Berglund, Åsa
    et al.
    Chalmers Tekniska Högskola.
    Harlin, Ulrika
    RISE - Research Institutes of Sweden, Materials and Production, IVF. Chalmers Tekniska Högskola.
    Mattsson, Sandra
    RISE, Swerea, IVF. Chalmers Tekniska Högskola.
    Groth, Cecilia
    RISE - Research Institutes of Sweden, Materials and Production, IVF.
    Åkerman, Magnus
    Chalmers Tekniska Högskola.
    Gullander, Per
    RISE - Research Institutes of Sweden, Materials and Production, IVF.
    Creatinga structured MEETing arena for knowledge-sharing2014Conference paper (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    This paper aims to describe how to create and structure a meeting arena bycombining organisation structure and information structure; this will be used in orderto create an innovative and creative arena for knowledge sharing and problemsolving within the company. The model is exemplified by four industrial casestudies.Results reveal that most of the companies do not have any standards forinformation- or knowledge sharing, most improvement potentials are seen instructuring and storing the right information (IS), aiming from tacit towards explicitknowledge (OS) and this could be done by structuring the questions in the OS-M-ISmodel and by creating innovative and creative meeting arenas.

  • 8.
    Fjällström, S.
    et al.
    Chalmers University of Technology.
    Säfsten, K.
    Jönköping University.
    Harlin, Ulrika
    RISE - Research Institutes of Sweden, Materials and Production, IVF.
    Stahre, J.
    Chalmers University of Technology.
    Information enabling production ramp-up2009In: Journal of Manufacturing Technology Management, ISSN 1741-038X, E-ISSN 1758-7786, Vol. 20, no 2, p. 178-196Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Purpose - This paper seeks to identify information enabling and supporting production ramp-up processes, by exploring critical events and the role of information in such events. Design/methodology/approach - The research approach was based on empirical and theoretical investigations. A selection of 30 events, considered the most critical for production ramp-up realization and/or performance at one Swedish automotive company, were categorized and constituted the base for the analysis which focused information types and sources enabling event handling. Findings - Information enabling event handling is a balanced combination of problem and domain information, regardless of event category. However, a differentiation concerning preference and usage of information types between experienced and less experienced personnel is identified. Problem-solving information has the character of pragmatic information, composed of complementary parts of confirmation and novelty in terms of domain and problem information. The preferred information source in all event categories was "other people". Research limitations/implications - The study focuses on the application of information in relation to critical events during production ramp-up. General information theory is not addressed in depth. Practical implications - Information type and information source are not dependent on certain event categories, which allows a general information strategy enabling production ramp-up. To facilitate production ramp-up and event handling managers and key personnel need to apply a holistic perspective and need to be updated on domain information of the products, the equipment, and the production process during production ramp-up. Originality/value - The originality is in the focus and role of information to achieve an efficient production ramp-up performance. A supporting model is developed which describes the structure of pragmatic information for personnel with various levels of experience, regardless of event category. © Emerald Group Publishing Limited.

  • 9.
    Fässberg, T.
    et al.
    Chalmers Univ. of Techn..
    Harlin, Ulrika
    RISE - Research Institutes of Sweden, Materials and Production, IVF.
    Garmer, Karin
    RISE - Research Institutes of Sweden, Materials and Production, IVF.
    Gullander, Per
    RISE - Research Institutes of Sweden, Materials and Production, IVF.
    Fasth, Å.
    Chalmers Univ. of Techn..
    Mattsson, S.
    Chalmers Univ. of Techn..
    Dencker, Kerstin
    RISE - Research Institutes of Sweden, Materials and Production, IVF.
    Davidsson, A.
    Volvo Cars Corporation.
    Stahre, J.
    Chalmers Univ. of Techn..
    An empirical study towards a definition of production complexity2011In: 21st International Conference on Production Research: Innovation in Product and Production, ICPR 2011 - Conference Proceedings / [ed] Krause T.Spath D.Ilg R., Fraunhofer-Verlag , 2011Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Mass customisation increases the number of product variants, shortens product cycles, and results in increasingly complex production systems. The complexity needs to be defined, and further operationalized to support management of production complexity. This paper's contribution is the empirical findings of perceived production complexity at three manufacturing companies, from the perspective of different functions/roles within the production systems; production engineers, operative personnel, internal logistics, and in one company also man-hour planning. Data was collected through observations, interviews, and cross-functional workshops. Results show that mass customisation is the greatest driver and cause of complexity. The increase of product variants affects complexity for all three investigated roles in the production system.

  • 10.
    Gullander, Per
    et al.
    RISE - Research Institutes of Sweden, Materials and Production, IVF.
    Fast- Berglund, Åsa
    Chalmers University of Technology.
    Harlin, Ulrika
    RISE - Research Institutes of Sweden, Materials and Production, IVF.
    Mattsson, Sandra
    RISE, Swerea, IVF. Chalmers University of Technology.
    Groth, Cecilia
    RISE - Research Institutes of Sweden, Materials and Production, IVF.
    Åkerman, Magnus
    Chalmers University of Technology.
    Stahre, Johan
    Chalmers University of Technology.
    The innovative glue between the organization system and information system2014Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 11.
    Harlin, Ulrika
    et al.
    RISE - Research Institutes of Sweden, Materials and Production, IVF.
    Berglund, M.
    Moestam Ahlström, L.
    Sjögren, B.
    Learning during an on-going Lean transformation in an automotive company2011Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 12.
    Harlin, Ulrika
    et al.
    RISE - Research Institutes of Sweden, Materials and Production, IVF.
    Bäckstrand, Gunnar
    RISE - Research Institutes of Sweden, Materials and Production, IVF.
    Fässberg, Tommy
    Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden.
    Brolin, Anna
    University of Skövde, Sweden.
    Production Complexity and its impact on Manning2011Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 13.
    Harlin, Ulrika
    et al.
    RISE - Research Institutes of Sweden, Materials and Production, IVF.
    Fast-Berglund, Åsa
    Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden.
    Li, Dan
    Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden.
    Funke, Leif
    Volvo Penta AB, Sweden.
    Towards an assessment approach promoting flexible value-adding meetings in industry2016In: Swedish Production Symposium 2016, 2016Conference paper (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    Assessment approaches in manufacturing companies has the potential of providing improvement potential issues. The purpose of this paper is to investigate potentials of an initial assessment approach of meetings in production. The assessment approach is based on a model regarding organization and information system structures, tested and validated in an industrial company in Sweden. Results show that the assessment approach could be used in order to evaluate what area to improve and what the company are strong within. The assessment approach also implies if the company are information-oriented or more organizational-oriented in their approach when creating meeting arenas. This could be used in future meeting strategies to improve the flexibility and value of the meetings. In further research, the next step is to develop, test, and validate a process for continuous improvement of meetings, as well as to apply the model for development of organization and information system structures in new scenarios such as ‘Personnel changes of positions and roles’, ‘Training and workplace learning’, and ‘Automation/digitalization’.

  • 14.
    Harlin, Ulrika
    et al.
    RISE - Research Institutes of Sweden, Materials and Production, IVF.
    Gullander, Per
    RISE - Research Institutes of Sweden, Materials and Production, IVF.
    Berglund, Martina
    Linköpings Universitetet.
    wangwacharakul, Prompron
    Linköpings Universitetet.
    Review of research on national cultures’ influences on achieving efficient and innovative product realization processes for global collaboration2013Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 15.
    Harlin, Ulrika
    et al.
    RISE - Research Institutes of Sweden, Materials and Production, IVF.
    Gullander, Per
    RISE - Research Institutes of Sweden, Materials and Production, IVF.
    Langbeck, Björn
    RISE - Research Institutes of Sweden, Materials and Production, IVF.
    Medbo, Lars
    Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden.
    Wännström, Carl
    Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden.
    Johansson, Mats
    Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden.
    Swedish Production System (SwePS) – ett kompetenslyft för fordonsindustrin inom Lean Produktion2012In: Proceedings from VINNOVA conference on "Lean och innovationsförmåga – hinder, möjligheter och kunskapsluckor", 2012Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 16.
    Harlin, Ulrika
    et al.
    RISE - Research Institutes of Sweden, Materials and Production, IVF.
    Gullander, Per
    RISE - Research Institutes of Sweden, Materials and Production, IVF.
    Lundin, Roger
    RISE - Research Institutes of Sweden, Materials and Production, IVF.
    Wandebäck, Fredrik
    RISE - Research Institutes of Sweden, Materials and Production, IVF.
    Framtidens industriarbete: inspiration för utveckling av industriarbetet för ökad konkurrenskraft2011Book (Other academic)
    Abstract [sv]

    Det finns en övertygelse om att sättet som vi utvecklar industriarbetet på ger fördelar och konkurrensfördelar som inte går lätt att kopiera! Denna skrift visar hur några av de bästa företagen i Sverige utvecklar industriarbetet för att stärka sin konkurrenskraft och produktion i Sverige. Här är produktion och produktivitet i fokus som samtidigt skapar bra förutsättningar för individen och erbjuder ett attraktivt långsiktigt hållbart arbete. I en grundbild beskrivs gemensamma kvaliteter som företagen eftersträvar att stärka och vidareutveckla. Skriften ger inspiration för att ta fram en gemensam målbild inom det egna företaget för utveckling av industriarbetet som har förutsättningar att skapa fördelar både för företaget och medarbetare. Den innehåller också ett workshopunderlag för att analysera nuläget (bra initiativ, aktuella utmaningar, företagets egna styrkor), för att identifiera och prioritera aktiviteter och ta fram ett underlag till en handlingsplan. Skriften bygger på erfarenheter från  SKF, Scania CV, Alfa Laval Lund, SSAB EMEA, Atlas Copco Secoroc, Skaraverken, Furhoffs Rostfria, Westbaltic Components, Volvo Personvagnar och forskare från olika forskningsfält i Sverige. Studien och denna skrift har genomförts på uppdrag av IF Metall, Teknikföretagen, Swerea IVFs Intressentförening och Vinnova.

  • 17.
    Harlin, Ulrika
    et al.
    RISE - Research Institutes of Sweden, Materials and Production, IVF.
    Gullander, Per
    RISE - Research Institutes of Sweden, Materials and Production, IVF.
    Lundin, Roger
    RISE - Research Institutes of Sweden, Materials and Production, IVF.
    Wandebäck, Fredrik
    RISE - Research Institutes of Sweden, Materials and Production, IVF.
    Berglund, M.
    Development of industrial work of the future: – a study of Swedish manufacturing companies2011Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 18.
    Jarebrant, Caroline
    et al.
    Göteborgs University, Sweden.
    Birgisdóttir Dröfn, Birna
    Háskólinn í Reykjavík, Iceland.
    Dudas, Kerstin
    Göteborgs University, Sweden.
    Edwards, Kasper
    Technical University of Denmark, Denmark.
    Gunnarsdóttir, Sigrún
    Háskóli Íslands, Iceland.
    Harlin, Ulrika
    RISE - Research Institutes of Sweden, Materials and Production, IVF.
    Johansson Hanse, Jan
    Göteborgs University, Sweden ; Nordic School of Public Health NHV, Sweden.
    Winkel, Jörgen
    Göteborgs University, Sweden ; Technical University of Denmark, Denmark.
    Development of a tool for integrating Value Stream Mapping and ergonomics in healthcare - A Nordic Multicenter study2014Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 19.
    Johansson Hanse, Jan
    et al.
    University of Gothenburg, Sweden; Nordic School of Public Health NHV, Sweden.
    Harlin, Ulrika
    RISE - Research Institutes of Sweden, Materials and Production, IVF.
    Jarebrant, Caroline
    RISE - Research Institutes of Sweden, Materials and Production, IVF. University of Gothenburg, Sweden.
    Ulin, Kerstin
    University of Gothenburg, Sweden.
    Winkel, Jörgen
    DTU Technical University of Denmark, Denmark; University of Gothenburg, Sweden.
    The impact of servant leadership dimensions on leader-member exchange among health care professionals2015In: Journal of Nursing Management, ISSN 0966-0429, E-ISSN 1365-2834, Vol. 24, no 2, p. 228-234Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Aim: The aim of the current study was to investigate the impact of servant leadership dimensions on leader-member exchange (LMX) among health-care professionals. Background: Leadership support and the quality of the dyadic relationship between the leader and the employee are essential regarding the work environment and turnover intentions in health care. Method: A questionnaire-based cross-sectional study was undertaken at four hospital units in Sweden. The study sample included 240 employees. Results: Significant bivariate correlations were found between all servant leadership dimensions and LMX. The strongest correlations were found between 'humility' and LMX (r = 0.69, P < 0.001), and 'empowerment' and LMX (r = 0.67, P < 0.001). The hierarchical regression analyses indicated that 'empowerment', 'humility' and 'stewardship' explained about 55% of the variance in LMX. Conclusion: In our study servant leadership dimensions were strongly related to LMX. Implications for nursing management: The results identify specific servant leadership dimensions that are likely to be useful for developing a stronger exchange relationship between the leader (e.g. nursing manager) and individual subordinates in health care.

  • 20. Johansson Hanse, Jan
    et al.
    Harlin, Ulrika
    RISE - Research Institutes of Sweden, Materials and Production, IVF, Arbetsmiljö.
    Jarebrant, Caroline
    RISE - Research Institutes of Sweden, Materials and Production, IVF, Arbetsmiljö.
    Winkel, Jörgen
    Leader-Member Exchange (LMX) and Psychosocial Factors at Work Among Healthcare Professionals2014In: Journal of Nursing and Care, ISSN 2167-1168 JNC, Vol. 3, no 5, p. 1-5Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Aim: The study aims to examine the associations between leader–member exchange (LMX) and psychosocial factors at work.

    Methods: A questionnaire-based cross-sectional study was undertaken at four units in two not-for-profit hospitals in southwestern Sweden. The study sample included 240 employees.

    Results: Significant correlations were found between LMX items and most of the psychosocial domains and dimensions. The strongest correlations were found between the LMX item affect and rewards/recognition, role clarity and predictability, and the LMX item loyalty and rewards/recognition. In sum, high-quality LMX was associated with good psychosocial work conditions experienced by the employees.

    Conclusions: The results support possible ways for managers and employees to strengthen their relationships and this may in turn lead to more sustainable systems in health care.

  • 21. Kjellberg, A.
    et al.
    Harlin, Ulrika
    RISE - Research Institutes of Sweden, Materials and Production, IVF.
    Sjögren, B.
    Moestam, L.
    Design for Commitment to Production Strategy Change2014Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 22.
    Kurdve, Martin
    et al.
    RISE - Research Institutes of Sweden, Materials and Production, IVF.
    Persson, Kalle
    RISE - Research Institutes of Sweden, Materials and Production, IVF.
    Berglund, Rickard
    RISE - Research Institutes of Sweden, Materials and Production, IVF.
    Harlin, Ulrika
    RISE - Research Institutes of Sweden, Materials and Production, IVF.
    Zackrisson, Mats
    RISE - Research Institutes of Sweden, Materials and Production, IVF.
    Ericson Öberg, Anna
    Volvo Group, Sweden.
    Myrelid, Åsa
    Uppsala University, Sweden.
    Trollsfjord, Pia
    Mälardalen University, Sweden.
    Implementation of daily visual management at five small and medium sized enterprises in Produktionslyftet compared to six larger Swedish companies2016In: Swedish Production Symposium 2016, 2016Conference paper (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    This paper compares the implementation of daily visual management (DVM) in five SMEs (small and medium sized enterprises), with practice in six large Swedish companies, considering the challenge to include sustainability aspects. With method definition from Produktionslyftet (PL), a Swedish development programme, DVM includes daily meetings around key performance indices (KPIs) and visualised information on boards. The SMEs were studied within PL while the large companies were studied in the research project SuReBPMS (Sustainable and resource efficient Business Performance Measurement Systems). The empirical result from SMEs shows that KPIs often cover few areas (most common: delivery, safety and quality) while the larger companies have wider range of areas. In some SMEs the meeting agendas, KPIs and pulse-boards are standardised while in others there are differences between teams or operations. The larger companies were mainly standardised. Both SMEs and larger companies mostly include all employees in DVM, in line with PL-DVM methodology. The general tendency is to focus on short term rather than follow-up of strategic challenges in the DVM. Furthermore, environmental issues, such as climate impact, are rarely found on boards, while often reflected in company policy. However, many KPIs have a strong, indirect, connection to sustainability and environment.

  • 23.
    Kurdve, Martin
    et al.
    RISE - Research Institutes of Sweden, Materials and Production, IVF, Arbetsmiljö.
    Zackrisson, Mats
    RISE - Research Institutes of Sweden, Materials and Production, IVF, Energi och miljö.
    Wiktorsson, M.
    Harlin, Ulrika
    RISE - Research Institutes of Sweden, Materials and Production, IVF, Arbetsmiljö.
    Lean and green integration in production systems in Sweden - barriers, incentives and opportunities2014In: Journal of Cleaner Production, special issue on Making progress towards more sustainable societies through lean and green initiatives, p. 180-190Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This paper focuses on integration of operations management, specifically production system models with environmental management and related issues such as quality and safety. Based on knowledge concerning lean-based improvement programmes for company-specific production systems (XPS) and integration between formal management systems, such as ISO 9001 and 14001, industrial practices from integrating management systems with the XPS were studied. A literature-based comparison between formal management systems and XPS is made, indicating integration potentials. The empirical research is an analysis of five vehicle and automotive companies in which various efforts have been made to integrate their management systems with their XPS. The results show that although conscious steps have been taken since the introduction of ISO 14001 in integrating environmental management into everyday operations, there are still obstacles to overcome. To fully include sustainability aspects, the characteristics of the improvement systems have to be adapted and extended. One barrier to extended integration is the lack of integration strategy. There is further a lack of sustainability metrics and adaptation of improvement methods to push companies’ operational performance. In addition, organisational issues still arise concerning the responsibility and ownership of environmental management in relation to operations.

    Based on these results it is concluded that processes for integration are recommended; however, each organisation needs to consider its operations, corporate culture and business opportunities of its environmental management. Still, incorporating environmental management systems into XPS is seen as an effective way of establishing company commonality in continuous improvement, resulting in holistic understanding and improved organisation performance.

  • 24.
    Kurdve, Martin
    et al.
    RISE - Research Institutes of Sweden, Materials and Production, IVF.
    Zackrisson, Mats
    RISE - Research Institutes of Sweden, Materials and Production, IVF.
    Wiktorsson, M.
    Mälardalen University.
    Harlin, Ulrika
    RISE - Research Institutes of Sweden, Materials and Production, IVF.
    Lean and green integration into production system models - Experiences from Swedish industry2014In: Journal of Cleaner Production, ISSN 0959-6526, E-ISSN 1879-1786, Vol. 85, p. 180-190Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This paper focuses on integration of operations management, specifically production system models with environmental management and related issues such as quality and safety. Based on knowledge concerning lean-based improvement programmes for company-specific production systems (XPS) and integration between formal management systems, such as ISO 9001 and 14001, industrial practices from integrating management systems with the XPS were studied. A literature-based comparison between formal management systems and XPS is made, indicating integration potentials. The empirical research is an analysis of five vehicle and automotive companies in which various efforts have been made to integrate their management systems with their XPS. The results show that although conscious steps have been taken since the introduction of ISO 14001 in integrating environmental management into everyday operations, there are still obstacles to overcome. To fully include sustainability aspects, the characteristics of the improvement systems have to be adapted and extended. One barrier to extended integration is the lack of integration strategy. There is further a lack of sustainability metrics and adaptation of improvement methods to push companies' operational performance. In addition, organisational issues still arise concerning the responsibility and ownership of environmental management in relation to operations. Based on these results it is concluded that processes for integration are recommended; however, each organisation needs to consider its operations, corporate culture and business opportunities of its environmental management. Still, incorporating environmental management systems into XPS is seen as an effective way of establishing company commonality in continuous improvement, resulting in holistic understanding and improved organisation performance. © 2014 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  • 25.
    Kurdve, Martin
    et al.
    RISE - Research Institutes of Sweden, Materials and Production, IVF.
    Zackrisson, Mats
    RISE - Research Institutes of Sweden, Materials and Production, IVF.
    Wiktorsson, Magnus
    Mälardalen University.
    Harlin, Ulrika
    RISE - Research Institutes of Sweden, Materials and Production, IVF.
    Lean and green integration into production system models: Experiences from Swedish industry2014In: Journal of Cleaner Production, ISSN 0959-6526, E-ISSN 1879-1786, Vol. 85, no Supplement C, p. 180-190Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This paper focuses on integration of operations management, specifically production system models with environmental management and related issues such as quality and safety. Based on knowledge concerning lean-based improvement programmes for company-specific production systems (XPS) and integration between formal management systems, such as ISO 9001 and 14001, industrial practices from integrating management systems with the XPS were studied. A literature-based comparison between formal management systems and XPS is made, indicating integration potentials. The empirical research is an analysis of five vehicle and automotive companies in which various efforts have been made to integrate their management systems with their XPS. The results show that although conscious steps have been taken since the introduction of ISO 14001 in integrating environmental management into everyday operations, there are still obstacles to overcome. To fully include sustainability aspects, the characteristics of the improvement systems have to be adapted and extended. One barrier to extended integration is the lack of integration strategy. There is further a lack of sustainability metrics and adaptation of improvement methods to push companies’ operational performance. In addition, organisational issues still arise concerning the responsibility and ownership of environmental management in relation to operations. Based on these results it is concluded that processes for integration are recommended; however, each organisation needs to consider its operations, corporate culture and business opportunities of its environmental management. Still, incorporating environmental management systems into XPS is seen as an effective way of establishing company commonality in continuous improvement, resulting in holistic understanding and improved organisation performance.

  • 26.
    Mattsson, S.
    et al.
    Chalmers University of Technology.
    Gullander, Per
    RISE - Research Institutes of Sweden, Materials and Production, IVF.
    Harlin, Ulrika
    RISE - Research Institutes of Sweden, Materials and Production, IVF.
    Bäckstrand, Gunnar
    RISE - Research Institutes of Sweden, Materials and Production, IVF.
    Fasth, Åsa
    Chalmers University of Technology.
    Davidsson, Anna
    Volvo Car Corporation.
    Testing complexity index - A method for measuring perceived production complexity2012In: Procedia CIRP, 2012, Vol. 3, no 1, p. 394-399Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    CompleXity Index (CXI) is a method developed to help manufacturing companies to describe complexity as experienced and to assist in reducing the effects it has on operator performance. The method is targeting the perceived complexity and was tested at Volvo Cars Corporation. Reproducibility of the method could be seen between respondents and was considered a valuable tool for visualizing problem-areas at the stations. It is suggested that objective data could be one way to identify which stations should be tested in-depth with the CXI method, and that CXI could be used for suggesting improvements or appropriate support tools. © 2012 The Authors.

  • 27. Wangwacharakul, P.
    et al.
    Berglund, M.
    Harlin, Ulrika
    RISE - Research Institutes of Sweden, Materials and Production, IVF.
    Cross-cultural project management from a quality management perspective2014Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 28.
    Wangwacharakul, P.
    et al.
    Linköping University.
    Berglund, M.
    Linköping University.
    Harlin, Ulrika
    RISE - Research Institutes of Sweden, Materials and Production, IVF.
    Gullander, Per
    RISE - Research Institutes of Sweden, Materials and Production, IVF. University of Technology.
    Cultural aspects when implementing lean production and lean product development -experiences from a Swedish perspective2014In: Quality Innovation Prosperity, ISSN 1335-1745, E-ISSN 1338-984X, Vol. 18, no 1, p. 125-140Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Lean principles and methods, originating in a Japanese cultural context, have spread to a large number of companies throughout the world. The aim of this case study research is to identify and compare national cultural aspects that influence Lean Production and Lean Product Development implementation in Swedish companies. Data were collected through questionnaires, interviews and an industrial workshop with Swedish Lean practitioners. The study shows that some sub-areas in Lean, such as value definition, control systems, leadership, team development, knowledge management, and strategies, are highly dependent on contextual factors related to human, cultural and organizational aspects. These are related to the national culture and should be considered to a higher extent for successful sustainable implementation of Lean in different cultural contexts. As for implementing Lean in Sweden, national cultural characteristics, such as individualism, autonomy and supportive management style fit well with Lean thinking.

  • 29.
    Wangwacharakul, Promporn
    et al.
    Linköping University, Sweden.
    Berglund, Marina
    Linköping University, Sweden.
    Harlin, Ulrika
    RISE - Research Institutes of Sweden, Materials and Production, IVF.
    Gullander, Per
    RISE - Research Institutes of Sweden, Materials and Production, IVF.
    Cultural Aspects when Implementing Lean Production and Lean Product Development–a Swedish Perspective2013Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 30.
    Winkel, Jörgen
    et al.
    University of Gothenburg .
    Birgisdottir, Birna Drofn
    Reykjavik University.
    Edwards, Kasper
    Technical University of Denmark.
    Gunnarsdóttir, Sigrún
    Harlin, Ulrika
    RISE - Research Institutes of Sweden, Materials and Production, IVF.
    Jarebrant, Caroline
    RISE - Research Institutes of Sweden, Materials and Production, IVF.
    Johansson Hanse, Jan
    Ulin, Kerstin
    May sustainability of patient flows at hospitals be increased by adding a work environment module to Value Stream Mapping (VSM)?: ANOVO Multicenter study in Denmark, Iceland and Sweden. 8th NOVO Symposium2014Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 31. Winkel, Jörgen
    et al.
    Birgisdóttir, Birna Drofn
    Dudas, K.
    Edwards, Kasper
    Gunnarsdóttir, Sigrun
    Harlin, Ulrika
    RISE - Research Institutes of Sweden, Materials and Production, IVF.
    Jarebrant, Caroline
    RISE - Research Institutes of Sweden, Materials and Production, IVF.
    Johansson Hanse, Jan
    Ulin, Kerstin
    Factors facilitating and inhibiting Value Stream Mapping processes at hospital units in three Nordic countries: A Nordic Multicenter study2014In: 11th International Symposium on Human Factors in Organisational Design and Management 46th Annual Nordic Ergonomics Society Conference. / [ed] Broberg, O., Fallentin, N., Hasle, P., Jensen, P. L., Kabel, A., Larsen, M. E. and Weller, T., Centrum för personcentrerad vård vid Göteborgs universitet (GPCC) , 2014, Vol. 1, p. 127-128Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 32.
    Winkel, Jørgen
    et al.
    University of Gothenburg, Sweden; DTU Technical University of Denmark, Denmark.
    Edwards, Kasper
    DTU Technical University of Denmark, Denmark.
    Jarebrant, Caroline
    RISE - Research Institutes of Sweden, Materials and Production, IVF.
    Birgisdóttir, Birna Dröfn
    Reykjavik University, Iceland.
    Johansson Hanse, Jan
    University of Gothenburg, Sweden.
    Gunnarsdóttir, Sigrún
    University of Iceland, Iceland; Bifröst University, Iceland.
    Harlin, Ulrika
    RISE - Research Institutes of Sweden, Materials and Production, IVF.
    Ulin, Kerstin
    University of Gothenburg, Sweden.
    Effect modifiers in intervention research at hospitals in three Nordic countries2016In: Abstract book of the 10th NOVO symposium, 2016, p. 33-Conference paper (Other academic)
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