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Towards a methodology for Kaikaku realization


Publication Type:

Conference/Workshop Paper


Swedish Production Symposium 2011


In today’s globally competitive market where the speed of change is increasing it is of great importance that manufacturing companies are striving to achieve improvements in their production systems resulting in competitive edge. One way of doing this is to strive for radical change by becoming more innovative. Today however, there’s a lack of modern methods guiding companies to be not only innovative and creative in their production development process, but also increasingly more innovative while using it. Hence, the objective of this paper is to present and discuss a preliminary first draft of a Kaikaku realization method, primarily based upon Concept Modelling and research within the domains of Operations Management and Strategy, Innovation theory and Change theory. The result is a sequential work process that provides guidance from an initial “current state” of production to a more desirable “future state” based upon an aggressive target that is set in line with the production strategy. Finally, future research is discussed, implying that more research should be subjected to the actual work process as well as the main support provided in the process - aggressive target setting and facilitation of innovative thinking.


author = {Daniel G{\aa}svaer and Jens von Axelson},
title = {Towards a methodology for Kaikaku realization},
editor = {Jan-Eric St{\aa}hl},
month = {May},
year = {2011},
booktitle = {Swedish Production Symposium 11},
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