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Systemic nature of engineering to obtain welfare through profitable fulfillment of customer needs
KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Production Engineering.
2005 (English)In: International Journal of Agile Manufacturing, ISSN 1536-2639, Vol. 8, no 2, 15-27 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Scientific knowledge of engineering within innovative industrial decision processes has great potential to improve quality and productivity in industrial operations and, thereby, also to improve profitability. This is a precondition for economic growth, which, in turn, is necessary to enhance overall welfare. Given this aim, innovative processes have to combine creativity with quality and productivity in order to achieve profitability and growth. In order to succeed, the requirements and needs of the stakeholders must be met. To regard engineering as a collaborative negotiation among corporate management, designers, production engineers, marketing staff, human resource people and customers is important and natural. It is still more important when companies cooperate in agile networks to produce complex products. Improving the ability to meet more advanced requirements in new products and processes by using new knowledge and inventions, while also raising productivity through investments in more advanced and automatic tools, are the most important ways to improve profitability in industrial production. This is the fundamental mechanism behind industrial production seen as engine of welfare. Ability to respond to individual customer requirements is vital. Changeability and adaptability, therefore, are requirements in the design of any given manufacturing system. Aside from the real world of products and production processes, the mechanisms for this development can be classified into the following three worlds: (1) the Decision World, (2) the Human World and (3) the Model World. In striving to obtain increased welfare through industrial production, fundamental knowledge about these worlds, as well as their relations to products and processes, must be developed.

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2005. Vol. 8, no 2, 15-27 p.
Keyword [en]
Agility, Competence, Innovation, Productivity, Quality
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Economics and Business
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-156557ScopusID: 2-s2.0-29844440281OAI: diva2:767352

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