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Information system for managing design guidelines for manufacturing: A case study at Volvo Car Group
Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Karlstad Business School.
2015 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Informationssystem för att hantera designriktlinjer för tillverkning : en fallstudie på Volvo Car Group (Swedish)
Abstract [en]

Automotive industry is currently characterized by very fierce competition in which an automaker has no choice but to run at the highest speed to survive. Challenges are too many, but design as a function is in the center due to its tight connection to time to market and competitive advantage capabilities such as production flexibility, speed, cost and quality. Design requirements, standards and guidelines represent an essential part of these product- and process-oriented design capabilities.

Design guidelines for manufacturing (DGM) have very limited discussion in literature concerning associated terminology and characteristics. As a result, it is not obvious that the available information systems are designed to support the management workflows of DGM related to a rather technically complex context similar to automotive industry. As such, this thesis is dedicated to first build a solid ground represented by a clear definition for DGM and detailed criteria for how these guidelines live up to the proper level of design support. Then, what information systems have to offer in terms of functionalities and characteristics to enable effective management and continuous improvement of supportive DGM is investigated.

Organizational enablers required to assure high quality of DGM using information systems are identified. The study is conducted at Volvo Car Manufacturing Engineering department. The results show that DGM systems should enable effective knowledge management process by enabling knowledge creation, knowledge transfer and storage, and knowledge use and application. That is basically represented by key functionalities, characteristics and organizational enablers in which users are enabled to communicate each other as they create, assure the quality of, share, change, tag, filter, cluster and structure individual and multiple DGM. The main driver for how DGM user-interface functionalities should be oriented is related to how the layout patterns and options are perceived as common by the majority of target users.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. , 81 p.
National Category
Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics
URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-36793OAI: diva2:826198
Subject / course
Mechanical Engineering
Educational program
Engineering: Industrial Engineering and Management (300 ECTS credits)
2015-06-01, 19:57 (English)
DGM, Information Systems, Design Engineer, Knowledge Management & Automotive
Available from: 2015-06-25 Created: 2015-06-24 Last updated: 2015-06-25Bibliographically approved

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