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Spatial design supporting the management of radical improvements within the manufacturing industry.

Publication Type:

Conference/Workshop Paper


International Conference on Engineering Design 2013


the Design Society


It is important for the manufacturing industry to become more innovative. Doing what we always have done is not enough. External pressure and the required speed of change, requires industry to improve the management of incremental and radical improvement work. There is thus a need for new methods, tools, and processes to improve the innovative capabilities. In this paper we discuss the use of spatial design to support the management of radical improvement within the manufacturing industry. The designs of the physical spaces are in the paper presented as frames that are cultivating, facilitating and enabling radical improvement without imposing a regime of control and forced change. The spatial design enables the process and contributes to an ecosystem supporting radical improvement. To better manage radical improvement processes, one option suggested in this paper is to create five dedicated places - five enabling frames - for five phases in a radical improvement process, firstly to bring attention to the different phases of the process and secondly to support the actions in each part.


@inproceedings{Andersson Schaeffer3108,
author = {Jennie Andersson Schaeffer and Mats Jackson},
title = {Spatial design supporting the management of radical improvements within the manufacturing industry.},
isbn = {9781904670445},
editor = {Udo Lindemann, Srinivasan Venkataraman, Yong Se Kim, Sang von Lee},
pages = {129--138},
month = {August},
year = {2013},
booktitle = {International Conference on Engineering Design 2013},
publisher = {the Design Society},
url = {}