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World's best manufacturing practices: a project about how Australian small and medium enterprises can find, adapt and adopt best practices
2002 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (professional degree), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Best Practice has become a frequently used term in discussions concerning competitiveness and how to make improvements. The international and national competitive environment is in a process of constant change by the globalisation of markets. This process of change has brought increased demands on the organisations’ competitiveness. The contribution of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to the economy is vital for future welfare and so it is necessary to facilitate the adoption of Best Practice to retain strong SMEs. The objective of the overarching project, which this research is a part of, is to develop mechanisms for Australian SMEs to adopt Best Practices. This research consists of identifying two Best Practices that are most relevant to Australian SMEs and a detailed study of these identified practices with emphasis on characteristics that make the implementation of these practices successful. Knowledge management and concurrent engineering were chosen after a thorough evaluation of relevant practices to the Australian SMEs. This research has developed three generic implementation models, one for concurrent engineering, one for knowledge management and one generic model for Best Practices. Some of the key words for a successful implementation have been found to be culture, clarified goals, top management commitment, a willingness to share knowledge with others and that the implementation process had to be adapted to the company-specific circumstances. Still, the developed adoption mechanisms have to be further adapted to Australian SMEs as well as developing methodologies, guidelines and templates for implementation in Australian SMEs but that is outside the scope of this research. This thesis also deals with why companies choose to implement certain practices and it also discusses whether Best Practices are always good for the companies or if it sometimes in fact could be so that Best Practices become bad practices. This work is the first link in the chain of a more comprehensive project that will continue where this thesis ends.

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Keyword [en]
Technology, Organisation, Management, Best Practice, Knowledge, Concurrent Engineering, SMEs, Implementation, Models
Keyword [sv]
URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-48726ISRN: LTU-EX--02/033--SELocal ID: 62814f16-d162-498b-8b2d-0400b6067fa1OAI: diva2:1022070
Subject / course
Student thesis, at least 30 credits
Educational program
Industrial Engineering and Ergonomics, master's level
Validerat; 20101217 (root)Available from: 2016-10-04 Created: 2016-10-04Bibliographically approved

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