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Jounila H., Reiman A., Kauppila O., Savola T. (2020) Common HSEQ Performance Improvement Areas Among Industrial Suppliers: A Study of Audits in a Finnish Industrial Cluster Network. In: Liyanage J., Amadi-Echendu J., Mathew J. (eds) Engineering Assets and Public Infrastructures in the Age of Digitalization. Lecture Notes in Mechanical Engineering. Springer, Cham.

Common HSEQ performance improvement areas among industrial suppliers : a study of audits in a Finnish industrial cluster network

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Author: Jounila, Henri1; Reiman, Arto1; Kauppila, Osmo1;
Organizations: 1University of Oulu, Industrial Engineering and Management, Oulu, Finland
Format: article
Version: accepted version
Access: open
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Language: English
Published: Springer Nature, 2020
Publish Date: 2020-12-07


Supplier management is a key issue for many large industrial companies from both performance and sustainability viewpoints. In this study, a supplier audit system in a Finnish industrial cluster is examined. The cluster has created a supplier assessment procedure, and roughly 200 supplier HSEQ audits have taken place. The aim of this study is to analyse a sample of these audits to identify common improvement areas among supplier companies. Improvement suggestions taken from the audits are classified into five themes and 39 categories. The results paint a picture of the most common HSEQ improvement areas for suppliers.

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Series: Lecture notes in mechanical engineering
ISSN: 2195-4356
ISSN-L: 2195-4356
ISBN: 978-3-030-48021-9
ISBN Print: 978-3-030-48020-2
Pages: 423 - 430
DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-48021-9_47
Host publication: Engineering assets and Public infrastructures in the Age of Digitalization : Proceedings of the 13th World Congress on Engineering Asset Management, WCEAM2018, 24-28 September 2018, Stavanger, Norway
Host publication editor: Liyanage, Jayantha P.
Amadi-Echendu, Joe
Mathew, Joseph
Conference: World Congress on Engineering Asset Management
Type of Publication: A4 Article in conference proceedings
Field of Science: 222 Other engineering and technologies
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