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Integrated evaluation of resource efficiency and cost effectiveness in production systems
KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Production Engineering, Production Systems.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5826-8670
2014 (English)Licentiate thesis, monograph (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Improved use of resources is of enormously high relevance and crucial for achieving as well as maintaining a sustainable condition. Especially industrial production has a superior responsibility in creating a long-term viable way of living. However, there is a lack of systematic evaluation procedures for operational resources in production systems, meaning product material, energy, equipment and humans. Especially small and medium-sized enterprises, representing the largest number of all companies in Europe, are mostly not able to deal with these kinds of issues in addition to their daily business.

The purpose of this licentiate thesis is the investigation for and development of an evaluation approach for resource efficiency and effectiveness in small and medium-sized enterprises. Two literature reviews and one industrial case study have been carried out. To start with, the first  literature  review  founds a theoretical  basis  for  the meaning of resource efficiency and effectiveness. The second literature review investigates latest measures and approaches for production system evaluation. In the next step an evaluation approach for resource efficiency and effectiveness evaluation in small and medium-sized enterprises is developed and tested within a single case study. The result consists of a comprehensive approach for small and medium-sized enterprises with focus on economic short-term and long-term improvements.


Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: KTH Royal Institute of Technology, 2014. , xi, 119 p.
Keyword [en]
resource, efficiency, effectiveness, production system, evaluation, small and medium-sized enterprises
National Category
Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-144289OAI: diva2:712671
2014-04-23, Sal M312, Brinellvägen 68, KTH, Stockholm, 13:00 (English)

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Available from: 2014-04-16 Created: 2014-04-16 Last updated: 2014-04-16Bibliographically approved

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