Managing Manufacturing Innovation: Four Types of Problems and Matching Innovation Processes

Maria Stoettrup Schioenning Larsen, Esben Skov Laursen, Astrid Heidemann Lassen

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Abstract

To stay competitive, manufacturing companies in high-wage countries need to improve the performance of their manufacturing system. The starting point of such improvement may be a problem such as high costs, low utilization rate, or lack of qualified labour, and the solution to it may be referred to as a manufacturing innovation. The problem can take different forms ranging from being simple and easy to solve to being complex and maybe even chaotic and thereby more difficult to solve. Hence, the nature of the problem controls how the innovation process should be managed to solve the problem effectively. In this paper, we investigate how to manage different kinds of problems in the context of manufacturing innovation. We among others conclude, that simple problems which e.g. can be solved by buying a solution from a supplier should be managed by using a linear innovation process like the stage-gate process, whereas a complex problem such as making a new factory layout requires an agile innovation process like design thinking.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProduction Processes and Product Evolution in the Age of Disruption : Proceedings of the 9th Changeable, Agile, Reconfigurable and Virtual Production Conference CARV2023 and the 11th World Mass Customization and Personalization Conference MCPC2023
EditorsFrancesco Gabriele Galizia, Marco Bortolini
Number of pages9
PublisherSpringer
Publication date2023
Pages691-699
ISBN (Print)978-3-031-34820-4
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-031-34821-1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2023
Event9th Changeable, Agile, Reconfigurable and Virtual Production Conference - Bologna, Italy
Duration: 20 Jun 202323 Jun 2023
https://eventi.unibo.it/carv-mcpc-2023

Conference

Conference9th Changeable, Agile, Reconfigurable and Virtual Production Conference
Country/TerritoryItaly
CityBologna
Period20/06/2323/06/23
OtherThe CARV2023 conference is co-located with the 11th World Mass Customization &amp; Personalization Conference (MCPC2023).<br/>The MCPC2023 conference is co-located with the 9th Changeable, Agile, Reconfigurable, and Virtual Production Conference (CARV20...
Internet address
SeriesLecture Notes in Mechanical Engineering
ISSN2195-4356

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