Carl Wänström is a senior lecturer and a researcher at the division supply and operations management. His main area is operations management, where he is an expert in lean management, a focus area since 2003. Wänström’s uses a socio-technical approach to understand: how to design, organise and manage production teams and continuous improvement infrastructure, to create a learning organisation based on lean practices, how the choice of packaging types impact design of assembly workstations and in turn the efficiency and ergonomics, and how packaging types impact materials handling processes. Wänström has also been working with materials planning processes (mainly tactical level): focusing on information quality deficiencies, during production transfer processes, and in engineering change situations. Wänström’s point of departure is operations management, but his research is interdisciplinary using e.g. human factors engineering, job design theory, self determination theory, and organisational learning. The research is empirically driven and carried out in close collaboration with manufacturing companies. Further, Carl is supervising PhD students, teaching master courses as well as courses in continuing and professional studies.
• Lean Management
• Continuous improvement infrastructure
• Behavioural operations
• Work organization and management
• Socio-technical systems
• Materials planning and materials handling processes
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