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Important Factors in the Transfer of Aircraft Production: Challenges Related to Offset Business
Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
2013 (English)Licentiate thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Today, many global industries have difficulties meeting their transfer of production cost targets; the complexity in transfer of production is often underestimated. The aircraft manufacturing industry is a relevant example of a global industry, as many aircraft manufacturers produce parts in different areas of the world. The aircraft manufacturing industry include highly complex production technologies, is regulated by strict national and international standards, and utilizes a comprehensive configuration management.

Large international agreements in defence-related industries often involve offset business. The most important parameters for the buying organisation in offset business are to create relations, import technical knowledge/production, promote domestic merchandise, and create employment for the local population.

The purpose of the research is to identify, categorise and explore challenges related to transfer of aircraft production within offset business. The research is conducted as a case study at the Swedish enterprise SAAB Aeronautics. Future export deals for SAAB Aeronautics will in all probability consist of offsetbusiness including transfer of production, involving for example parts or entire aircraft to the receiving country.

Several factors connected to transfer of aircraft production were identified. The factors were categorised and three of the categories were selected for in-depth studies:

Category 1: Cultural challenges and communication

Category 2: Configuration management

Category 3: Transfer of knowledge and technology

The results from the in-depth studies can help Aeronautics in planning and conducting transfer of aircraft production.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Linköping: Linköping University Electronic Press, 2013. , 73 p.
Series
Linköping Studies in Science and Technology. Thesis, ISSN 0280-7971 ; 1598
National Category
Mechanical Engineering
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-93638ISBN: 978-91-7519-595-7 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-93638DiVA: diva2:625149
Presentation
2013-06-11, Sal A39, A-huset, Campus Valla, Linköpings universitet, Linköping, 10:15 (Swedish)
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Supervisors
Available from: 2013-06-04 Created: 2013-06-04 Last updated: 2016-09-26Bibliographically approved
List of papers
1. Cross-cultural communication challenges within international transfer of aircraft production
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Cross-cultural communication challenges within international transfer of aircraft production
2011 (English)In: Computer Supported Cooperative Work in Design (CSCWD), 2011, IEEE , 2011, 835-841 p.Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The research within this paper identifies three main categories of cross-cultural communication challenges within international transfer of aircraft production. The first category is organizational structure, hierarchy and delegation of responsibility the second category is consensus behavior and avoidance of conflicts and the third category is individual motivation factors. Furthermore, the paper discusses the need for specific types of cross-cultural training that can be one solution for reducing the problems and difficulties that cultural challenges may induce. The case study indicates that it is important for Aeronautics, a Swedish enterprise, to apply organized cross-cultural training in combination with technical training. To secure the presence of cross-cultural training, suitable types of cultural training could be included in the working process/routine for how to conduct a production transfer.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
IEEE, 2011
Keyword
aircraft production, cross-cultural communication, cross-cultural training, cultural challenges, offset, outsourcing, transfer
National Category
Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-89309 (URN)10.1109/CSCWD.2011.5960215 (DOI)978-1-4577-0386-7 (ISBN)
Conference
15th International Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work in Design (CSCWD 2011), 8-9 June 2011, Lausanne, Switzerland
Available from: 2013-02-27 Created: 2013-02-25 Last updated: 2016-11-09
2. Model Based Definition within relocation of aircraft production
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Model Based Definition within relocation of aircraft production
2012 (English)In: ICAS 2012 CD-ROM PROCEEDINGS. 28TH CONGRESS OF THE INTERNATIONAL COUNCIL OF THE AERONAUTICAL SCIENCES 23 - 28 September, 2012, Brisbane, Australia, 2012, 1-9 p.Conference paper, Published paper (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The purpose of the paper is to discuss how relocation of production can be affected when MBD is applied. The research is performed from a view point of production relocation; the focus is not on MBD as a method. The paper is based on a literature review combined with empirical data from an industrial study at the Swedish enterprise Saab Aeronautics. It was hard to find gaps in the literature since no literature covering the aim of the research was found. Important subject of discussion was that update or creation of MBD production documentation can decrease the amount of tacit knowledge at the sender and help the possibility to differentiate off-line learning from on-line learning, which can save both time and cost.

Keyword
MBD, Production Relocation, Aircraft Production, Production Transfer
National Category
Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-89576 (URN)978-0-9565333-1-9 (ISBN)
Conference
28th International Congress of the Aeronautical Sciences (ICAS 2012), 23–28 September 2012, Brisbane, Australia
Funder
VINNOVA
Available from: 2013-02-27 Created: 2013-02-27 Last updated: 2016-11-09Bibliographically approved
3. Exchange of tacit knowledge within advanced production with small batch sizes
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Exchange of tacit knowledge within advanced production with small batch sizes
2013 (English)In: Received wisdom, kernels of truth, and boundary conditions in organizational studies / [ed] Daniel J. Svyantek and Kevin Mahoney, Information Age Publishing, 2013Chapter in book (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This volume of the Research in Organizational Sciences is entitled "Received Wisdom, Kernels of Truth, and Boundary Conditions in Organizational Studies". Received wisdom is knowledge imparted to people by others and is based on authority and tenacity as sources of human knowledge. Authority refers to the acceptance of knowledge as truth because of the position and credibility of the knowledge source. Tenacity refers to the continued presentation of a particular bit of information by a source until this bit of information is accepted as true by receivers. The problem for organizational studies, however, is that this received wisdom often becomes unquestioned assumptions which guide interpretation of the world and decisions made about the world. Received wisdom, therefore, may lead to organizational practices which provide little or no benefit to the organization and, potentially, negative organizational effects, because this received wisdom is no longer valid. The 14 papers in this volume all, in some way, strive to question received wisdom and present alternatives which expand our understanding of organizational behavior in some way. The chapters in this volume each strive to present new ways of understanding organizational constructs, and in so doing reveal how received wisdom has often led to confirmation bias in organizational science. The knowledge that some perceived truths are actually the products of received wisdom and do not stand up to close scrutiny shakes up things within research areas previously thought settled allowing new perspectives on organizational science to emerge

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Information Age Publishing, 2013
Series
Research in organizational sciences
Keyword
Organizational behavior, BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Negotiating
National Category
Mechanical Engineering
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-93636 (URN)9781623961893 (ISBN)9781623961909 (ISBN)
Available from: 2013-06-04 Created: 2013-06-04 Last updated: 2016-11-09Bibliographically approved

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