PRODUCTION INNOVATION IN MANUFACTURING FIRMS: THE CASE OF SWEDISH SMES
2015 (English)In: DS 80-8 PROCEEDINGS OF THE 20TH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON ENGINEERING DESIGN (ICED 15) VOL 8: INNOVATION AND CREATIVITY, The Design Society, 2015, Vol. 8, 173-182 p.Conference paper (Refereed)Text
The manufacturing industry needs to meet the challenges of a rapidly changing society by using innovation while considering other factors such as trends. This paper focuses on three overarching trends: globalization, urbanization, and digitalization. These three major trends together with policies and regulations could be regarded as fierce threats to a manufacturing firm operating in a traditional mature industry. However, this mix could also be viewed as an opportunity for the innovative company to address future market needs and gain competitive advantage. Thus, the aim of this paper is to investigate the production innovation in SMEs by considering the developments in the manufacturing processes as well as the innovation and design process activities of the manufacturing company. Through two case studies in Sweden, this paper seeks to answer how do SMEs operating within the manufacturing sector respond to the sustainability and other emerging trends while innovating in their production processes. This paper helps to understand how these firms are using some of the approaches and strategies to keep the current pace of innovation and sustainability trends.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
The Design Society, 2015. Vol. 8, 173-182 p.
, International Conference on Engineering Design, ISSN 2220-4334
Innovation, Product-service systems (PSS), Sustainability
Engineering and Technology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-180638ISI: 000366967400018ISBN: 978-1-904670-71-1OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-180638DiVA: diva2:895517
20th International Conference on Engineering Design (ICED), JUL 27-31, 2015, Milan, ITALY
QC 201601192016-01-192016-01-192016-01-19Bibliographically approved