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Supply chain framework for industrialization of products at home or offshore locations
KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Industrial Economics and Management (Dept.), Sustainability and Industrial Dynamics.
2012 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The Master thesis deals with cross functional disciplines in contemporary organizations. The output of the thesis is a framework for industrialization of industrial products at home and offshore locations. The framework is meant to be used at strategic and tactical level by managers in medium sized manufacturing enterprises.

In the first phase, the author spent time observing operations of different functions in a medium sized industrial machinery manufacture (referred henceforth as CM S.p.A.). This enabled the author to understand the existing industrialization and new product development (NPD) process at CM S.p.A. The time spent within the premises helped the author to take a closer look at manufacturing challenges for an enterprise having dispersed development and manufacturing facilities.

In the second phase, the author critically reviewed existing literature on NPD, industrialization, CFTs, project management, tacit knowledge transfer, supply chain management, strategic sourcing and procurement areas to look for solutions to the challenges observed at CM S.p.A in the first phase.

With inputs from the real challenges of an enterprise and the literature, an industrialization framework was prepared for CM S.p.A using general morphological analysis. In the last phase, the industrialization framework was discussed and generalized for other researchers and organizations.

In this thesis, the author claims not to have developed original knowledge which never existed. But he certainly claims to arrange the available, scattered knowledge into a usable form, thus making it understandable and useful for the real customer – the practitioners who make products which serve the society. This framework and the novel methodology used to make this framework are important starting points for academic researchers to improve product industrialization process in a globalized world.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2012. , 116 p.
Keyword [en]
New product development (NPD), Industrialization, supply chain framework
National Category
Economics and Business
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-150928OAI: diva2:745900
Available from: 2014-09-23 Created: 2014-09-11 Last updated: 2014-09-23Bibliographically approved

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