University of Oulu

Möttönen, M., Härkönen, J., Belt, P., Haapasalo, H. and Similä, J. (2009), "Managerial view on design for manufacturing", Industrial Management & Data Systems, Vol. 109 No. 6, pp. 859-872.

Managerial view on design for manufacturing

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Author: Möttönen, Matti1; Härkönen, Janne1; Belt, Pekka1;
Organizations: 1Department of Industrial Engineering and Management, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
2Department of Information Processing Science, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
Format: article
Version: accepted version
Access: open
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Language: English
Published: Emerald, 2009
Publish Date: 2020-02-11


Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to provide a tangible example of organisational solutions in effective design for manufacturing (DfM) in a large information and communications technology (ICT) company.

Design/methodology/approach: An interview study was carried out in a leading ICT company to clarify the practical realisation of DfM, and the current challenges encountered. The interviews covered all the key persons involved in DfM and related processes, in a case company that has successfully applied DfM for over a decade.

Findings: The paper shows the importance of a separate management organisation for coordinating the requirements of internal functions. With relation to the case company, this organisation, in contrast to the literature, is located in production, not in product development. Despite the successful application of DfM, the case company still has challenges in exploitation of related data systems.

Research limitations/implications: This paper describes one of the top companies in its field. However, the obtained results could vary to some degree, should a wider set of companies be included in the study.

Practical implications: Managers of other companies could learn from this example at three levels: organisational solutions for DfM, its practical realisation, and the challenges encountered.

Originality/value: The existing literature is relatively scarce on organisational implications of DfM implementation. This paper identifies a functional organisational location, structure and practical realisation for effective DfM.

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Series: Industrial management & Data systems
ISSN: 0263-5577
ISSN-E: 1758-5783
ISSN-L: 0263-5577
Volume: 109
Issue: 6
Pages: 859 - 872
DOI: 10.1108/02635570910968081
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 222 Other engineering and technologies
Copyright information: © 2009, Emerald Group Publishing Limited. The final authenticated version is available online at