Lean, Rapid and Profitable New Product Development [Paperback]
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Abstract In lean manufacturing, stabilization is viewed as the most fundamental element for achieving efficient work processes and high-quality products. Keywords Management and organization.
Companies have introduced and implemented many different initiatives to improve organizational learning and knowledge structures in product development and innovation processes to gain competitive advantage. However, these applications are not straightforward as they include principles and practices that have to be transferred and contextualized into functional areas that differ significantly from manufacturing. The overall goal is to determine how companies that operate in different market places assess their learning performance, and thereby gaining new insights into strategies for more contextual implementation of learning and knowledge strategies in engineering functions.
A survey is conducted in the Norwegian manufacturing industry to investigate these practices from the construct of a generic model as basis.
The survey was answered by respondents from 50 companies, providing the opinion of individuals to rate their current learning practices and capabilities on a maturity scale for a set of assessment statements, including a supplemental set of performance and productivity related items. The results indicate that there seems to be significant differences between industry sectors with regards to learning and knowledge performance.
It is concluded that this study has revealed and opportunities for companies to improve upon the way organizational learning is managed and executed as a means to develop and sustain a culture for continuous improvement in engineering functions.