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Spatial design for continuous improvement: The case study of three manufacturing companies.

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International Journal of Computer Integrated Manufacturing


There are places in industry intended for communication regarding continuous improvement. This article presents an observation of the state of practice today in one large and two medium sized companies. It explores spatial design in continuous improvement places and how spatial design may hinder or support communication regarding improvements. Although implementation and development of lean manufacturing is a subject for research in an industrial context, the spatial design is not well developed as a supporting variable. The improvement places enhance the possibility to develop shared knowledge of how the production works and to coordinate actions. The architectural and semiotic analyze of the spatial design for continuous improvement in industry implies a different perspective and includes aspects of cognition, information, communication and treats how and what the elements in the improvement places communicates.


@article{Andersson Schaeffer1941,
author = {Jennie Andersson Schaeffer and Juan Cadavid and Tomas Backstr{\"o}m},
title = {Spatial design for continuous improvement: The case study of three manufacturing companies.},
volume = {23},
number = {8},
month = {September},
year = {2010},
journal = {International Journal of Computer Integrated Manufacturing},
url = {}