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  • 1.
    Norouzilame, Farhad
    Mälardalen University, School of Innovation, Design and Engineering, Innovation and Product Realisation.
    Coordination of international manufacturing networks2018Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    Due to globalisation, many companies have established or acquired production plants worldwide in order to capture the market opportunities that lay beyond their national borders. This has resulted in the emergence of international manufacturing networks (IMNs), which consist of multiple, interdependent production plants with different characteristics within a single organisation.

    Coordination of such networks consisting of multiple plants in different countries is not a simple management task. That is why some companies struggle with it, and turn their global production into a function that hinders their agility and performance; while others turn it into a formidable advantage. Coordination of an IMN requires a company to link and integrate its plants to support its strategic business objectives. A proficient coordination of activities, across multiple plants of an international manufacturing company, leads to competitive advantages.

    Despite its significance, the coordination aspect of IMN management has not been studied sufficiently. Operations leaders in today’s complex manufacturing world require a common language, tailored tools and frameworks for the management of their network. The research area of international manufacturing lacks empirical evidence of how industrial companies are (or could be) coordinated. Therefore, the overall aim of this research is to develop knowledge that improves the coordination of an IMN.

    The data in this study were acquired from case studies carried out on the IMNs of four global manufacturing companies where the majority of data was gathered from a global contract manufacturer headquartered in Sweden. The findings reveal a set of challenges, which influence the coordination of an IMN as one of the main aspects of its management.

    In order to improve IMN coordination, a framework has been developed from the results of the studies performed in this research project, as well as the results of previous research related to IMN management. It is composed of two distinctive parts: (1) preparatory steps, and (2) executional mechanisms.

    The first part of the framework discusses, and provides an insight into, the strategic relevance of coordination, the establishment of an autonomy balance among plants in an IMN, and mapping an IMN. The second part of the framework contains three mechanisms for conducting coordination in an IMN.

  • 2.
    Norouzilame, Farhad
    Mälardalen University, School of Innovation, Design and Engineering, Innovation and Product Realisation.
    TOWARDS ACHIEVING NETWORK CAPABILITIES IN GLOBAL PRODUCTION NETWORK OF CONTRACT MANUFACTURERS2015Licentiate thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
  • 3.
    Norouzilame, Farhad
    et al.
    Mälardalen University, School of Innovation, Design and Engineering, Innovation and Product Realisation.
    Bruch, Jessica
    Mälardalen University, School of Innovation, Design and Engineering, Innovation and Product Realisation.
    Bellgran, Monica
    Mälardalen University, School of Innovation, Design and Engineering, Innovation and Product Realisation.
    Production plants within global production networks: Synergies and redundancies2014Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Management of production plants on global scale adds diverse challenges to those normally faced within national borders. A constant challenge is to achieve the most efficient network configuration via robust design of production systems. A case study is conducted where commonalities among production plants of a global manufacturing company have been studied in regard to the design of production system within global production networks. The results show three synergetic areas through the global production network. Standardization levels of production system constituents have been also discussed.

  • 4.
    Norouzilame, Farhad
    et al.
    Mälardalen University, School of Innovation, Design and Engineering, Innovation and Product Realisation.
    Bruch, Jessica
    Mälardalen University, School of Innovation, Design and Engineering, Innovation and Product Realisation.
    Granlund, Anna
    Mälardalen University, School of Innovation, Design and Engineering, Innovation and Product Realisation.
    Production system design in a global manufacturing context: A case study of a global contract manufacturer2015In: POMS 26th Annual Conference POMS, 2015Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The aim of this paper is to study the process of production system design in order to identify when and how network capabilities could and should be considered during this process. A case study, investigating the production system design process of a global contract manufacturer has been conducted

  • 5.
    Norouzilame, Farhad
    et al.
    Mälardalens högskola, Innovation och produktrealisering.
    Grönberg, F.
    LEAX Group Sweden, Eskilstuna, Sweden.
    Salonen, Antti
    Mälardalens högskola, Innovation och produktrealisering.
    Wiktorsson, Magnus
    Mälardalens högskola, Innovation och produktrealisering.
    An industrial perspective on flexible manufacturing: A framework for needs and enablers2013In: 22nd International Conference on Production Research, ICPR 2013, International Foundation for Production Research (IFPR) , 2013Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Flexibility of manufacturing systems, as a key factor of survival in the market, is regarded as the ability of handling changes in variants and volume governed by different capabilities depending on system level and manufacturing process. Research on flexibility has been of interest over years, resulting in a vast field of organizational, technical, and process-based enablers. The practical review in terms of needs, enablers and implementations of changeable production systems is however scarce. The objective of this paper is to present an initial review of industrial practice regarding flexibility in manufacturing systems, based on the current frame of reference and empirical study of two manufacturing companies in Sweden which helps industrial companies to identify their flexibility needs and the required enablers to achieve them.

  • 6.
    Norouzilame, Farhad
    et al.
    Mälardalen University, School of Innovation, Design and Engineering, Innovation and Product Realisation.
    Grönberg, F.
    LEAX Group Sweden, Eskilstuna, Sweden.
    Salonen, Antti
    Mälardalen University, School of Innovation, Design and Engineering, Innovation and Product Realisation.
    Wiktorsson, Magnus
    Mälardalen University, School of Innovation, Design and Engineering, Innovation and Product Realisation.
    AN INDUSTRIAL PERSPECTIVE ON FLEXIBLE MANUFACTURING: A FRAMEWORK FOR NEEDS AND ENABLERS2013In: International Conference on Production Research, 2013Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Flexibility of manufacturing systems, as a key factor of survival in the market, is regarded as the ability of handling changes in variants and volume governed by different capabilities depending on system level and manufacturing process. Research on flexibility has been of interest over years, resulting in a vast field of organizational, technical, and process-based enablers. The practical review in terms of needs, enablers and implementations of changeable production systems is however scarce. The objective of this paper is to present an initial review of industrial practice regarding flexibility in manufacturing systems, based on the current frame of reference and empirical study of two manufacturing companies in Sweden which helps industrial companies to identify their flexibility needs and the required enablers to achieve them.

  • 7.
    Norouzilame, Farhad
    et al.
    Mälardalen University, School of Innovation, Design and Engineering, Innovation and Product Realisation.
    Jackson, Mats
    Mälardalen University, School of Innovation, Design and Engineering, Innovation and Product Realisation.
    On the Application of Discrete-event Simulation in Production2013In: Flexible Automation and Intelligent Manufacturing, 2013Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The current fierce competition within the manufacturing industry throughout the world is a result of globalisation and dynamic changes in the market. This new era within the production world requires shorter lead times, integrated logistics, capabilities regarding handling changes in product volumes and variety, as well as conformity to environmental rules and regulations legislated by governments and organizations. Apparently, the multitude of variables needed to solve problems complicates the decision-making process. In order to provide solutions for complex problem solving within production development which include many variables and a certain amount of uncertainty there is a need for robust decision making tools. Discrete-event simulation (DES) is one of the virtual tools that can be used as a support for decision-making for production related problems. The current paper addresses challenges which cause low utilization of DES in industry along with a framework for handling those challenges and performing DES projects in an effective and efficient way.

  • 8.
    Norouzilame, Farhad
    et al.
    Mälardalens högskola, Innovation och produktrealisering.
    Jackson, Mats
    Mälardalens högskola, Innovation och produktrealisering.
    On the Application of Discrete-event Simulation in Production2013In: Advances in Sustainable and Competitive Manufacturing Systems: 23rd International Conference on Flexible Automation & Intelligent Manufacturing / [ed] A. Azevedo, Springer, 2013Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The current fierce competition within the manufacturing industry throughout the world is a result of globalisation and dynamic changes in the market. This new era within the production world requires shorter lead times, integrated logistics, capabilities regarding handling changes in product volumes and variety, as well as conformity to environmental rules and regulations legislated by governments and organizations. Apparently, the multitude of variables needed to solve problems complicates the decision-making process. In order to provide solutions for complex problem solving within production development which include many variables and a certain amount of uncertainty there is a need for robust decision making tools. Discrete-event simulation (DES) is one of the virtual tools that can be used as a support for decision-making for production related problems. The current paper addresses challenges which cause low utilization of DES in industry along with a framework for handling those challenges and performing DES projects in an effective and efficient way.

  • 9.
    Norouzilame, Farhad
    et al.
    Mälardalen University, School of Innovation, Design and Engineering, Innovation and Product Realisation.
    Mengel, S.
    University of St Gallen, Switzerland.
    An exploratory study on the relationships between capabilities of international manufacturing networks2016Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 10.
    Norouzilame, Farhad
    et al.
    Mälardalen University, School of Innovation, Design and Engineering, Innovation and Product Realisation.
    Moch, R.
    Chemnitz University of Technology, Germany.
    Riedel, R.
    Chemnitz University of Technology, Germany.
    Bruch, Jessica
    Mälardalen University, School of Innovation, Design and Engineering, Innovation and Product Realisation.
    Global and Regional Production Networks: A Theoretical and Practical Synthesis2014In: IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology, vol 440, 2014, no PART 3, p. 108-115Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The growth of research interest in networked production has brought up numerous important concepts aimed at production networks. Still the actual research object seems to be ambiguous, making the exact application of findings insufficient. It appears that there are two main notions of the term Production Network. The first meaning is derived by a single versus a multi-organizational perspective while the second meaning comes from a regional versus global view. Obviously indistinctness exists in this field of research and clarification of terms and concept is required. The objective of this paper is to give an overview of the existing theories in accordance with the industrial practice providing a model to bridge the academic theories to industrial practice. 

  • 11.
    Norouzilame, Farhad
    et al.
    Mälardalen University, School of Innovation, Design and Engineering, Innovation and Product Realisation.
    Stenholm, D.
    Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden.
    Sjögren, Peter
    Mälardalen University, School of Innovation, Design and Engineering, Innovation and Product Realisation.
    Bergsjö, B.
    Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden.
    A holistic model for inter-plant knowledge transfer within an international manufacturing networkIn: Journal of Knowledge Management, ISSN 1367-3270, E-ISSN 1758-7484Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Purpose: This paper aims to provide a holistic view to support the choice of appropriate strategy for conducting a knowledge transfer (KT) project in an international manufacturing network(IMN) environment. It proposes a model that includes multiple aspects of a KT project along with guidelines on each aspect. Design/methodology/approach: To achieve the research goals, multiple case study method was adopted. Data have been collected by conducting semi-structured interviews regarding five KT projects in three multinational corporations. Data were triangulated by means of comparisons to complementary data acquired through observations and archival documents. Findings: The results of this paper detail the key issues of five KT projects. Furthermore, the paper proposes an aggregated model comprising the main aspects and strategies for a KT project within an IMN. Research limitations/implications: Despite the abundant research on KT area, not many research projects provide holistic views on KT process. The focus has rather been sectional and concentrated on each specific aspect within the KT. Practical implications: The paper guides practitioners to identify multiple aspects in KT that will eventually increase the odds for successfully performing such projects. Originality/value: The proposed learning network model improves the performance of KT projects by providing a holistic view including several factors that the organization should emphasize to succeed with inter-plant KT.

  • 12.
    Norouzilame, Farhad
    et al.
    Mälardalen University, School of Innovation, Design and Engineering, Innovation and Product Realisation. LEAX Group, Köping, Sweden.
    Wiktorsson, Magnus
    Mälardalen University, School of Innovation, Design and Engineering, Innovation and Product Realisation.
    Coordination practices within international manufacturing networks: A comparative study of three industrial practices2018In: American Journal of Industrial and Business Management, ISSN 2164-5167, E-ISSN 2164-5175, Vol. 8, no 6, p. 1603-1623Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The globalisation of manufacturing activities has led to the emergence of internationally dispersed manufacturing plants. Coordination of such networks is a complex task and entails several management challenges. The purpose of this paper is to increase the understanding regarding the coordination issues and how they could be managed in IMN environment. Using a multiple case study approach, data from three multi–plant manufacturing businesses were collected and analysed. The results include discussions on coordination aspects such as autonomy and mechanisms to conduct coordination. Furthermore, a model for assigning autonomy level to the plant in an IMN is suggested as well as mechanisms to conduct the coordination work.

  • 13.
    Norouzilame, Norouzilame
    et al.
    Project Manager, LEAX Group, Sweden.
    Bruch, Jessica
    Mälardalen University, School of Innovation, Design and Engineering, Innovation and Product Realisation.
    Granlund, Anna
    Mälardalen University, School of Innovation, Design and Engineering, Innovation and Product Realisation.
    TOWARDS ACHIEVING NETWORK CAPABILITIES IN GLOBAL PRODUCTION NETWORK OF CONTRACT MANUFACTURERS2015Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 14.
    Sjögren, Peter
    et al.
    Mälardalen University, School of Innovation, Design and Engineering, Innovation and Product Realisation.
    Kurdve, Martin
    Mälardalen University, School of Innovation, Design and Engineering, Innovation and Product Realisation.
    Norouzilame, Farhad
    Mälardalen University, School of Innovation, Design and Engineering, Innovation and Product Realisation.
    Production Aspects In Engineering Change Management Of Engineering To Order Projects: A Review2016In: POMS EUROMA WORLD CONFERENCE POMS-EUROMA, Havanna, Cuba, 2016Conference paper (Refereed)
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