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Larsson, L. (2020). A Conceptual Framework for Production Innovation. (Doctoral dissertation). Luleå: Luleå University of Technology
Open this publication in new window or tab >>A Conceptual Framework for Production Innovation
2020 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Production plays a central role in the global sustainability challenge the world is facing. Rising population numbers and increased middle class lead to even higher consumption and production of goods. Hence, the production industry has a large responsibility, and innovative products and ways of producing can make a significant difference in terms of sustainability, both on company and global level, by increased consideration of long-term benefits and consequences. In addition, a major shift in the global production industry takes place, from previously mainly manufacturing goods, towards currently providing more and more sophisticated solutions to satisfy the ever increasing and varying needs of customers. To address these challenges, well-developed abilities to innovate production processes are required, in order to deliver both incremental and radical improvements on a short-term and long-term basis. One of the more enduring ideas in organization science is that an organization’s long-term success depends on its ability to exploit its current capabilities while simultaneously exploring fundamentally new capabilities. Although it is known that both approaches are needed in a long-term perspective, exploitative innovations tend to be over-represented in established manufacturing firms, since short term measures, meeting demands of existing customers, and ease of measurement often are dominant concerns. To focus solely on exploitative innovation is not truly sustainable from a business perspective, since at some point the production system optimization will just start delivering marginal improvements. Hence, we need explorative production innovation in parallel to accomplish sustainable development in production. There is however very little focus in production development literature on realization of innovation that could be categorized as explorative. The overall objectives of the research presented in this thesis were to advance understanding of production innovation, and to provide support for management of explorative production innovation. As a result, a conceptual framework for production innovation is proposed, which conceptualizes and describes the phenomenon, and highlights important factors for explorative production innovation management. The conceptual framework is a result of an iterative research process of incorporating findings acquired in empirical studies and from previous research, which have been reported in five appended papers. The empirical data derive from four case studies, studying production development projects where innovative solutions have been developed in four companies in different industries.

 The conceptual framework describes and distinguishes between exploitative and explorative production innovation.  The application of an increased production capability that builds upon existing knowledge to improve the production systems performance could be described as exploitative production innovation, and the application of new production capability, i.e. the capability to do new tasks by exploring and using new knowledge could be described as explorative production innovation. The thesis also highlights aspects of innovation management related to the distinct characteristics of explorative production innovation that often may be perceived as challenging, i.e. the systemic nature, intangible outcomes, need for dynamic capability, and lack of process support. Based on this, four factors that have been identified as important in managing explorative production innovation are highlighted: (1) Making production innovation a strategic matter, (2) Assessing unfamiliarity in production innovation, (3) Adapting the production innovation process, and (4) Implementing a systemic change.

The conceptual framework presented in this thesis provides a conceptualization of production innovation, and thereby a theoretical framing of an underexplored phenomenon. The findings also begin to frame production innovation management as a management discipline, where the conceptual framework and the identified key factors for explorative production innovation is an initial step to interpret, adapt and apply relevant theoretical knowledge from the innovation management field in a production context. The understanding provided by the conceptual framework may be valuable for companies seeking to complement existing production development efforts (e.g. continuous improvement and production optimization) with explorative production innovation.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Luleå: Luleå University of Technology, 2020
Series
Doctoral thesis / Luleå University of Technology 1 jan 1997 → …, ISSN 1402-1544
Keywords
production innovation, production development, conceptual framework
National Category
Other Engineering and Technologies not elsewhere specified
Research subject
Product Innovation
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-77589 (URN)978-91-7790-526-4 (ISBN)978-91-7790-527-1 (ISBN)
Public defence
2020-03-26, A1123, Luleå, 12:00 (English)
Opponent
Supervisors
Available from: 2020-01-31 Created: 2020-01-31 Last updated: 2020-02-24Bibliographically approved
Larsson, J. & Larsson, L. (2020). Integration, Application and Importance of Collaboration in Sustainable Project Management. Sustainability, 12(2), Article ID 585.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Integration, Application and Importance of Collaboration in Sustainable Project Management
2020 (English)In: Sustainability, ISSN 2071-1050, E-ISSN 2071-1050, Vol. 12, no 2, article id 585Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The need to consider sustainability has substantially increased the complexity of implementing construction and infrastructure projects and new management practices have emerged during the past decade to tackle the global sustainability challenges, where the engagement and coordination of broader competences from stakeholders throughout the supply chain is required. This new project management paradigm has been accompanied by greater attention to the concept of collaborative business arrangements, often called partnering, that has emerged in construction and infrastructure projects to improve project deliveries. However, there are uncertainties about the optimal strategy to foster, integrate and maintain the required collaboration, particularly in sustainable management practices in infrastructure maintenance projects. This paper addresses these uncertainties, based on a single case study of an infrastructure maintenance contract involving an extensive collaborative business arrangement. The findings reveal that different collaborative practices affect diverse aspects of sustainable project management. Further, the extensive collaborative business arrangement has promoted sustainable deliveries based upon organizational learning and continuous improvements. Thus, this study offers an encouraging example of how extensive collaboration can be fostered and play a key role in sustainable project management practices.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
MDPI, 2020
Keywords
sustainability, project management, collaboration, business arrangement, maintenance, infrastructure
National Category
Construction Management Other Engineering and Technologies not elsewhere specified
Research subject
Product Innovation; Construction Management and Building Technology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-77347 (URN)10.3390/su12020585 (DOI)
Note

Validerad;2020;Nivå 2;2020-01-23 (johcin)

Available from: 2020-01-10 Created: 2020-01-10 Last updated: 2020-01-23Bibliographically approved
Larsson, L., Stahre, J., Warrol, C. & Rönnbäck, A. Ö. (2018). An Assessment Model for Production Innovation: The Program Production2030. Paper presented at 8th Swedish Production Symposium, SPS 2018, Stockholm, Sweden, 16-18 May 2018.. Procedia Manufacturing, 25, 134-141
Open this publication in new window or tab >>An Assessment Model for Production Innovation: The Program Production2030
2018 (English)In: Procedia Manufacturing, E-ISSN 2351-9789, Vol. 25, p. 134-141Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The paper suggests an assessment tool for production innovation, a way of assessing innovation aspects in production development projects. The tool captures innovation as “new and value-added change of a production related activity”. The tool was tested through a questionnaire survey sent to 30 research and innovation (R&I) projects funded by the Swedish Strategic Innovation Program Produktion2030, involving research institutions and industrial organizations. Results point at a varied distribution programme impact through resulting change activities. Identified areas for innovation were materials, decision support, tools, methods, and solutions estimated as new to industry and to the global business community.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Elsevier, 2018
National Category
Other Engineering and Technologies not elsewhere specified
Research subject
Product Innovation
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-68987 (URN)10.1016/j.promfg.2018.06.067 (DOI)
Conference
8th Swedish Production Symposium, SPS 2018, Stockholm, Sweden, 16-18 May 2018.
Note

Konferensartikel i tidskrift;2018-08-07 (andbra)

Available from: 2018-05-30 Created: 2018-05-30 Last updated: 2018-08-07Bibliographically approved
Karlsson, A., Larsson, L. & Öhrwall Rönnbäck, A. (2018). Product-Service System Innovation Capabilities: Linkages between the Fuzzy Front End and subsequent development phases. International Journal of Production Research, 56(6), 2218-2232
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Product-Service System Innovation Capabilities: Linkages between the Fuzzy Front End and subsequent development phases
2018 (English)In: International Journal of Production Research, ISSN 0020-7543, E-ISSN 1366-588X, Vol. 56, no 6, p. 2218-2232Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In an attempt to remain competitive, manufacturers increasingly offer integrated product-service systems (PSSs). This transition from physical products to PSSs calls for new ways of working, for example in the product development process. However, so far only limited attention has been put on capabilities needed to succeed with PSS innovation in the very early development phases – often referred to as the fuzzy front end (FFE). This article, therefore, has a dual aim: first, to further our understanding of capabilities for PSS innovation in the FFE, and second, to determine how these capabilities are linked to PSS innovation capabilities needed in subsequent development phases. Empirical data were collected from an ongoing industrial project developing an innovative PSS offering in a large manufacturing company. Individuals connected to the project reported major challenges, both experienced in the FFE and anticipated in later phases, which provided valuable information regarding capabilities needed to succeed with the endeavour. Findings reveal four links of PSS innovation capabilities: (1) adapting vocabulary and mental models to PSS, (2) handling the ‘intangible aspect’, (3) bridging organisational structures, and (4) managing new business models. PSS innovation capabilities in the FFE are also found to be of higher order (dynamic) compared to capabilities in later development phases

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Taylor & Francis, 2018
National Category
Other Engineering and Technologies not elsewhere specified
Research subject
Product Innovation
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-63019 (URN)10.1080/00207543.2017.1365181 (DOI)000433967100009 ()
Note

Validerad;2018;Nivå 2;2018-06-01 (svasva)

Available from: 2017-04-12 Created: 2017-04-12 Last updated: 2020-01-31Bibliographically approved
Larsson, L. (2017). Characteristics of Production Innovation. (Licentiate dissertation). Luleå: Luleå University of Technology
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Characteristics of Production Innovation
2017 (English)Licentiate thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Today firms must maintain high levels of efficiency, quality control, customer responsiveness and speed, but even the full set of these attributes is not sufficient for sustainable competitive advantage. A further challenging requirement is to innovate successfully, not only in product development but also in production. Traditionally, innovation is regarded as successful product development, and delivering innovative products of sufficient quality at a reasonable price is seen as the primary means of acquiring and maintaining competitiveness. In this context, the role of production development is simply to provide production solutions required for the realization of new products. However, production development (sometimes called ‘production improvement’ or ‘process innovation in production’) may also involve continuous incremental or radical improvement of current production processes or systems in terms of productivity, cost, speed, quality, and/or flexibility.

Previous research provides a rather narrow view of production development, largely ignoring value creation, which obscures its importance for organizations. Due to the lack of attention to innovativeness in production development, limited effort is also made to understand how to manage production development projects as innovation processes, where the emphasis is on obtaining value. This retards progress and restrains organizations’ competitiveness, and to some extent the potential social benefits (such as increases in sustainability) of new production technologies. Thus, the primary objective of the research this thesis is based upon was to increase understanding of distinguishing features and valuable outcomes of production innovation, together with challenges in managing production innovation processes. Data underlying this research were collected through case studies of development projects in firms operating in several industries.

The research findings show that the pursued outcomes of production innovation are mainly cost reductions and increases in quality. Nevertheless, production innovation also contributes with expansion of product design space, and strengthening innovation capabilities, which in themselves provide sustainable competitive advantage. Further, production innovation is highly dependent on successful implementation – a complex endeavour involving internal organization, external customers and other actors contributing to the production system. Organizations lack support for capturing, prioritization, decision making and resource allocation in production innovation processes, a topic that warrants further research.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Luleå: Luleå University of Technology, 2017
Series
Licentiate thesis / Luleå University of Technology, ISSN 1402-1757
National Category
Other Engineering and Technologies not elsewhere specified
Research subject
Product Innovation
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-63023 (URN)978-91-7583-880-9 (ISBN)978-91-7583-881-6 (ISBN)
Presentation
2017-06-08, A1123, Luleå, 10:00 (English)
Opponent
Supervisors
Available from: 2017-04-13 Created: 2017-04-12 Last updated: 2018-01-09Bibliographically approved
Larsson, L. & David, R. (2017). Expanding the Industrial Design Space through Production Innovation(s). In: : . Paper presented at 23rd ICE/IEEE International Technology Management Conference, Madeira, 27-29 June 2017 (pp. 649-656). Piscataway, NJ
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Expanding the Industrial Design Space through Production Innovation(s)
2017 (English)Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Over the decades, manufacturing firms have tried to Design for Manufacturability merely by exhorting industrial design engineers to create more producible-designs. This is most often achieved by considering the available manufacturing system capability for the product development, and it is common to run into troubles in many cases due to barriers to integrate product definition and manufacturing operations. In this paper, authors aim to explore how production innovations (as new manufacturing capabilities) can contribute to an increased industrial design space for product design engineers, enabling more design freedom while still obtaining producibility through removing and/or loosening constraints over product designs. The findings of a series of industrial case studies presented in this paper show promising outcomes on how production innovations can influence positively the expansion of the solution space of industrial design engineers. In addition, manufacturing engineers are driven to explore new materials, new manufacturing processes and new manufacturing (working) methods to support product innovation.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Piscataway, NJ: , 2017
National Category
Other Engineering and Technologies not elsewhere specified
Research subject
Product Innovation
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-63021 (URN)10.1109/ICE.2017.8279946 (DOI)2-s2.0-85047559247 (Scopus ID)978-1-5386-0774-9 (ISBN)
Conference
23rd ICE/IEEE International Technology Management Conference, Madeira, 27-29 June 2017
Available from: 2017-04-12 Created: 2017-04-12 Last updated: 2018-06-08Bibliographically approved
Romero, D., Larsson, L., Öhrwall Rönnbäck, A. & Stahre, J. (2017). Strategizing for Production Innovation. In: Hermann Lödding, Ralph Riedel, Klaus-Dieter Thoben, Gregor von Cieminski, Dimitris Kiritsis (Ed.), Advances in Production Management Systems: The Path to Intelligent, Collaborative and Sustainable Manufacturing : IFIP WG 5.7 International Conference, APMS 2017, Hamburg, Germany, September 3-7, 2017, Proceedings. Paper presented at IFIP International Conference on Advances in Production Management Systems, APMS 2017, Hamburg, Germany, 3-7 September 2017 (pp. 3-12). Cham: Springer
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Strategizing for Production Innovation
2017 (English)In: Advances in Production Management Systems: The Path to Intelligent, Collaborative and Sustainable Manufacturing : IFIP WG 5.7 International Conference, APMS 2017, Hamburg, Germany, September 3-7, 2017, Proceedings / [ed] Hermann Lödding, Ralph Riedel, Klaus-Dieter Thoben, Gregor von Cieminski, Dimitris Kiritsis, Cham: Springer, 2017, p. 3-12Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Cham: Springer, 2017
Series
IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology, ISSN 1868-4238 ; 513
National Category
Other Engineering and Technologies not elsewhere specified
Research subject
Product Innovation
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-65617 (URN)10.1007/978-3-319-66923-6_1 (DOI)2-s2.0-85029362635 (Scopus ID)978-3-319-66922-9 (ISBN)978-3-319-66923-6 (ISBN)
Conference
IFIP International Conference on Advances in Production Management Systems, APMS 2017, Hamburg, Germany, 3-7 September 2017
Available from: 2017-09-13 Created: 2017-09-13 Last updated: 2018-01-09Bibliographically approved
Karlsson, A. & Larsson, L. (2016). Overcoming innovation inertia in production processes: Managing the innovation process (ed.). In: (Ed.), : . Paper presented at Innovation and Product Development Management Conference, : 12/06/2016 - 14/06/2016.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Overcoming innovation inertia in production processes: Managing the innovation process
2016 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation only (Refereed)
National Category
Other Engineering and Technologies not elsewhere specified
Research subject
Product Innovation
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-35108 (URN)982e194e-f8fc-408d-932d-c01d77014037 (Local ID)982e194e-f8fc-408d-932d-c01d77014037 (Archive number)982e194e-f8fc-408d-932d-c01d77014037 (OAI)
Conference
Innovation and Product Development Management Conference, : 12/06/2016 - 14/06/2016
Projects
Production Innovation
Note

För godkännande; 2016; 20160823 (lislar)

Available from: 2016-09-30 Created: 2016-09-30 Last updated: 2020-01-31Bibliographically approved
Larsson, L., Larsson, J., Stahre, J. & Rönnbäck, A. Ö. (2015). Innovation for competitive manufacturing (ed.). Paper presented at ISPIM Conference : Shaping the frontiers of innovation management 14/06/2015 - 17/06/2015. Paper presented at ISPIM Conference : Shaping the frontiers of innovation management 14/06/2015 - 17/06/2015.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Innovation for competitive manufacturing
2015 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation only (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This paper reports perspectives on values and contributions manufacturing innovation bring to meet increased competition in the current changing manufacturing climate. This is obtained through a multiple case study of three manufacturing innovations, mapping values from each case, and analysing how the innovations have contributed to each of the studied firm’s competitiveness. Results show that manufacturing innovation mainly addresses cost and time reductions, but also customer value, to gain competitive advantage and opportunities such as reaching new markets. However, other values such as social and environmental benefits are brought up, which also can be linked to emergent customer demands. The paper contributes to the research community and industry with a new approach to innovation in manufacturing, where global trends of today are taken into consideration.

National Category
Other Engineering and Technologies not elsewhere specified Construction Management
Research subject
Product Innovation; Construction Engineering and Management
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-35491 (URN)a09c4507-8c8a-4257-923d-42ee5cd4e013 (Local ID)a09c4507-8c8a-4257-923d-42ee5cd4e013 (Archive number)a09c4507-8c8a-4257-923d-42ee5cd4e013 (OAI)
Conference
ISPIM Conference : Shaping the frontiers of innovation management 14/06/2015 - 17/06/2015
Projects
Production Innovation
Note
Godkänd; 2015; 20150528 (lislar)Available from: 2016-09-30 Created: 2016-09-30 Last updated: 2018-01-09Bibliographically approved
Tynnhammar, M., Larsson, L., Viveros, B., Öhrwall Rönnbäck, A., Karlsson, A. & Stahre, J. (2015). Project: Production Innovation. Paper presented at .
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2015 (English)Other (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
National Category
Other Engineering and Technologies not elsewhere specified
Research subject
Product Innovation
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-36053 (URN)4670b3b3-6d63-4717-a521-25bf6f18705e (Local ID)4670b3b3-6d63-4717-a521-25bf6f18705e (Archive number)4670b3b3-6d63-4717-a521-25bf6f18705e (OAI)
Note

Publikationer: Innovation for competitive manufacturing; Overcoming innovation inertia in production processes - Managing the innovation process; Status: Pågående; Period: 01/09/2014 → 31/12/2016; Projekt-ID: 600826

Available from: 2016-09-30 Created: 2016-09-30 Last updated: 2018-01-09Bibliographically approved
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