Managing production complexity by empowering workers: six cases
Paper i proceeding, 2014

To manage high product variety many companies empower their operators. Reaching the benefits of that is connected to successfully distributing role allotments and work tasks in the complex context. The characteristic of empowerment is studied in six cases where the focus is work tasks and power to affect the company. Results indicate that the workers are, in general,responsible for more than 30% of the tasks connected to the production but that they do not always have the power to make decisions that influence the organization directly. This could increase the companies’ attractiveness as a future employer and its competitiveness.

work environment

case study

production complexity

competitiveness

empowerment

Empowered workers

Författare

Sandra Mattsson

Chalmers, Produkt- och produktionsutveckling, Produktionssystem

Malin Tarrar

Chalmers, Produkt- och produktionsutveckling, Produktionssystem

Åsa Fasth Berglund

Chalmers, Produkt- och produktionsutveckling, Produktionssystem

Ida Hansson

Chalmers, Produkt- och produktionsutveckling, Design and Human Factors

Procedia CIRP

22128271 (eISSN)

Vol. 17 212-217

Ämneskategorier

Produktionsteknik, arbetsvetenskap och ergonomi

Styrkeområden

Produktion

DOI

10.1016/j.procir.2014.02.041