On System Dynamics as an Approach for Manufacturing Systems Development
Licentiate thesis, 2009

Improvement work in manufacturing industry usually focuses on the utilisation of equipment. System dynamics simulation is a potential tool for increasing the utilisation of systems. By using group model building and simulation it facilitates a common view and better informed decisions for change. However, a gap between theory and practice of how to implement these projects is identified, consequently the major question for this thesis. The approach for solving this problem used industrial case studies with action research character; including modelling and interviews affecting the actors in the studied systems. Together with literature studies these efforts contribute with identifying how system dynamics projects can be performed for manufacturing systems development. It is shown that the support for how to implement system dynamics projects is unsatisfying and general. During the research progress a framework of guidelines has crystallised in order to bridge the presented gap of this thesis. Finally, the results are considered to make it easier to support manufacturing systems development using system dynamics.


Keywords: system dynamics

manufacturing systems development

Opponent: Peter Almström


Gary Linnéusson

Chalmers, Materials and Manufacturing Technology

Subject Categories

Materials Engineering


Opponent: Peter Almström

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