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Co-location of R&D and production the benefits of cross-functional communication
KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Industrial Economics and Management (Dept.), Industrial Management.
KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Industrial Economics and Management (Dept.), Industrial Management.
2015 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Samlokalisering av utveckling och produktion fördelarna med tvärfunktionell kommunikation (Swedish)
Abstract [sv]

Syftet med studien var att undersöka hur kommunikationen påverkar effektiviteten i produkt-och processutvecklingen i en samlokaliserad miljö. Tidigare studier har visat att det finns fördelar med samlokalisering av produkt- och processutveckling och produktion. Det påstås att det finns en indirekt relation mellan samlokalisering, prestanda och innovation. Men få djupstudier har lyft fram fördelarna med samlokalisering och samtidigt behandlat kommunikationsaspekten. Detta bildade grunden till följande frågeställning

Hur påverkar kommunikationen effektiviteten i produkt- och processutveckling i en samlokaliserad miljö?

För att undersöka frågeställningen gjordes en kvalitativ fallstudie bestående av tre olika typer av datainsamlingsmetoder; intervjuer i tre omgångar, en kontinuerlig undersökning och ett frågeformulär.

Kommunikationsfördelarna som skapades genom att företaget var samlokaliserat bidrog till att problem kunde identifieras tidigare i processen. De gav också möjlighet för produkt och process utvecklingen att få snabbare återkoppling och kortare beslutsvägar. Genom att kommunicera på detta sätt drog man också nytta av erfarenheter och idéer från alla företagets avdelningar. Allt detta bidrog till en effektivare produkt- och processutveckling.

Abstract [en]

The purpose of this study was to examine how communication patterns affect the efficiency of product- and process development in a co–located environment. Previous studies have shown that there are a number of benefits with co-location of product- and process development and production. It is suggested that there is an indirect relationship between co-location and performance and innovativeness. However, few in depth studies have targeted the actual benefits of co-location and the aspect of communication. This was the foundation for the research question in this study.

How do communication patterns affect the efficiency of product- and process development in a co –located environment?

To investigate the research question, a qualitative single case study was executed including three types of data collection methods; interviews in three rounds, a continuous study and a questionnaire.

The communication related benefits were shown to enable the company to identify issues earlier in the development process. The level of communication also provided the product-and process development with quicker feedback-loops and shorter decision paths. Taking advantage of the experience, ideas and "know-how" from the different departments enabled the company to benefit from all its internal resources. The communicational benefits were shown to have created a more efficient product- and process development at the case company

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2015. , 68 p.
Keyword [en]
Co-location, R&D, production, cross-functional communication, problem-solving
Keyword [sv]
Samlokalisering, forskning och utveckling, produktion, tvärfunktionell
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Economics and Business
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-187698OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-187698DiVA: diva2:931174
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Available from: 2016-06-22 Created: 2016-05-26 Last updated: 2016-09-01Bibliographically approved

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