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Spatial design and communication for Improved Production Performance



"Best paper award" at the Swedish Production Symposium 2009

Publication Type:

Conference/Workshop Paper


the Swedish Production Symposium, SPS ’09


The paper present research results on how a spatial design can communicate and support production performance in relation to lean production. The main concern of this paper is to discuss the role of interior design and its affect on humans in a production system and to contribute to a more profound understanding of lean production from a communicative as-pect. This paper is focusing on three case studies: a project studio, a prototype workshop, and a development workshop in manufacturing companies. The study in the development work-shop is conducted during a period of two years, with an ambitious survey as follow up. The two others are context cases to exemplify and investigate the role of interior design in an industrial environment, with project studios as the main subject. The research method chosen is case study methodology including a literature review re-lated to examples from the industrial case studies. In industry, spatial design in interaction with visual artefacts can be used to reduce the 8th waste by supporting effective communication, cross-functional work, decision-making pro-cesses, reinforcing the project identity, facilitating project management, save time, shorten led time for development projects and inspire employees to a positive view of the company and the project.


@inproceedings{Andersson Schaeffer1741,
author = {Jennie Andersson Schaeffer and Monica Bellgran},
title = {Spatial design and communication for Improved Production Performance},
note = {{"}Best paper award{"} at the Swedish Production Symposium 2009},
editor = {the Swedish Production Symposium},
month = {November},
year = {2009},
booktitle = {the Swedish Production Symposium, SPS {\^a}€™09 },
url = {}