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Mihocic, E., Gharehbaghi, K., Hilletofth, P., Tee, K. F. & Myers, M. (2024). Augmenting the cities’ and metropolitan regional demands for mega rail infrastructure: the application of SWOT and factor analysis. Smart and Sustainable Built Environment
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2024 (English)In: Smart and Sustainable Built Environment, ISSN 2046-6099, E-ISSN 2046-6102Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

Purpose

In successfully meeting city and metropolitan growth, sustainable development is compulsory. Sustainability is a must-focus for any project, particularly for large and mega rail infrastructure. This paper aims to investigate to what degree social, environmental and economic factors influence the government when planning sustainable rail infrastructure projects. To respond to such a matter, this paper focuses on two Australian mega-rail projects: the South West Rail Link (SWRL) and the Mernda Rail Extension (MRE).

Design/methodology/approach

As the basis of an experimental evaluation framework strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats (SWOT) and factor analysis were used. These two methods were specifically selected as comparative tools for SWRL and SWRL projects, to measure their overall sustainability effect.

Findings

Using factor analysis, in the MRE, the factors of network capacity, accessibility, employment and urban planning were seen frequently throughout the case study. However, politics and economic growth had lower frequencies throughout this case study. This difference between the high-weighted factors is likely a key element that determined the SWRL to be more sustainable than the MRE. The SWOT analysis showed the strengths the MRE had over the SWRL such as resource use and waste management, and natural habitat preservation. These two analyses have shown that overall, calculating the sustainability levels of a project can be subjective, based on the conditions surrounding various analysis techniques.

Originality/value

This paper first introduces SWRL and MRE projects followed by a discussion about their overall sustainable development. Both projects go beyond the traditional megaprojects' goal of improving economic growth by developing and enhancing infrastructure. Globally, for such projects, sustainability measures are now considered alongside the goal of economic growth. Second, SWOT and factor analysis are undertaken to further evaluate the complexity of such projects. This includes their overall sustainable development vision alignment with environmental, economic and social factors.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Emerald, 2024
Keywords
mega rail infrastructure, rail projects, SWOT analysis, factor analysis
National Category
Other Mechanical Engineering Economics and Business
Research subject
Sustainable Urban Development
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-43543 (URN)10.1108/sasbe-02-2023-0044 (DOI)
Available from: 2024-01-08 Created: 2024-01-08 Last updated: 2024-01-10Bibliographically approved
Jazairy, A., Persson, E., Brho, M., von Haartman, R. & Hilletofth, P. (2024). Drones in last-mile delivery: a systematic literature review from a logistics management perspective. The International Journal of Logistics Management
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2024 (English)In: The International Journal of Logistics Management, ISSN 0957-4093Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

Purpose

This study presents a systematic literature review (SLR) of the interdisciplinary literature on drones in last-mile delivery (LMD) to extrapolate pertinent insights from and into the logistics management field.

Design/methodology/approach

Rooting their analytical categories in the LMD literature, the authors performed a deductive, theory refinement SLR on 307 interdisciplinary journal articles published during 2015–2022 to integrate this emergent phenomenon into the field.FindingsThe authors derived the potentials, challenges and solutions of drone deliveries in relation to 12 LMD criteria dispersed across four stakeholder groups: senders, receivers, regulators and societies. Relationships between these criteria were also identified.

Research limitations/implications

This review contributes to logistics management by offering a current, nuanced and multifaceted discussion of drones' potential to improve the LMD process together with the challenges and solutions involved.

Practical implications

The authors provide logistics managers with a holistic roadmap to help them make informed decisions about adopting drones in their delivery systems. Regulators and society members also gain insights into the prospects, requirements and repercussions of drone deliveries.

Originality/value

This is one of the first SLRs on drone applications in LMD from a logistics management perspective.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Emerald, 2024
National Category
Other Mechanical Engineering Economics and Business
Research subject
Intelligent Industry
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-43808 (URN)10.1108/ijlm-04-2023-0149 (DOI)001160422800001 ()
Available from: 2024-02-18 Created: 2024-02-18 Last updated: 2024-02-22Bibliographically approved
Sequeira, M., Adlemo, A. & Hilletofth, P. (2023). A hybrid fuzzy-AHP-TOPSIS model for evaluation of manufacturing relocation decisions. Operations Management Research, 16, 164-191
Open this publication in new window or tab >>A hybrid fuzzy-AHP-TOPSIS model for evaluation of manufacturing relocation decisions
2023 (English)In: Operations Management Research, ISSN 1936-9735, E-ISSN 1936-9743, Vol. 16, p. 164-191Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Manufacturing relocation decisions are complex because they involve combinations of location modes like offshoring or reshoring, and governance modes like insourcing or outsourcing. Furthermore, the uncertainty involved in the decision-making process makes it challenging to reach a right-shoring decision. This study presents a hybrid fuzzy-AHP-TOPSIS model to support generic relocation decisions. Industry experts were involved in a pairwise comparison of the competitive priorities’ decision criteria. A meta-synthesis of empirical studies is used to generate theoretical relocation scenarios. The presented hybrid model is used to rank the relocation scenarios in order to identify the most pertinent alternative. The resiliency of the solution is presented through a sensitivity analysis. The results indicate that the proposed hybrid model can simultaneously handle all the main relocation options involving governance modes. Based on the input data in this study, the competitive priorities criteria quality, time and cost are shown to have a strong impact, whereas the sustainability criterion has a weak impact on the choice of relocation option. The research presented in this paper contributes to the research field of manufacturing relocation by demonstrating the suitability of the hybrid fuzzy-AHP-TOPSIS model for relocation decisions and the resilience of the results. Furthermore, the research contributes to practice by providing managers with a generic relocation decision-support model that is capable of simultaneously handling and evaluating various relocation alternatives.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Springer, 2023
National Category
Other Mechanical Engineering Economics and Business
Research subject
Intelligent Industry
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-38650 (URN)10.1007/s12063-022-00284-6 (DOI)000819311400001 ()2-s2.0-85133198844 (Scopus ID)
Funder
Knowledge Foundation, 20200058
Available from: 2022-05-30 Created: 2022-05-30 Last updated: 2023-04-04Bibliographically approved
Hilmola, O.-P., Li, H., Hilletofth, P. & Fjellström, D. (2023). A Supply Chain Perspective Reviewing Shoring Cases. Operations and Supply Chain Management, 16(4), 524-534
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2023 (English)In: Operations and Supply Chain Management, ISSN 1979-3561, Vol. 16, no 4, p. 524-534Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Shoring trend of supply chains has changed over the decades. In the initial stages it mostly concerned about offshoring, however, recently it has changed to reshoring. This study focuses on the mainstreams of shoring case studies from the supply chain perspective with a systematic literature review. We identified 22 supply chain shoring cases from the initial pool of thousands of supply chain case studies. Publishing activity was increasing until 2010, but thereafter it has been sporadic. It could be concluded that shoring always contains numerous risks. As failures were also reported, it is simply so that not too much weight should be placed on costs and locating only to one country. Based on research works, global sourcing will continue in the future, however, new locations and practices shall prevail. Single-sided reshoring supply chains back to developed economies is not the only answer due to costs and supply chain tensions.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
OSCM, 2023
National Category
Other Mechanical Engineering Economics and Business
Research subject
Intelligent Industry
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-43436 (URN)10.31387/oscm0550409 (DOI)2-s2.0-85183007520 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2023-12-13 Created: 2023-12-13 Last updated: 2024-02-05Bibliographically approved
Papadonikolaki, E., Tezel, A., Yitmen, I. & Hilletofth, P. (2023). Blockchain innovation ecosystems orchestration in construction. Industrial management & data systems, 123(2), 672-694
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Blockchain innovation ecosystems orchestration in construction
2023 (English)In: Industrial management & data systems, ISSN 0263-5577, E-ISSN 1758-5783, Vol. 123, no 2, p. 672-694Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Purpose: Rapid advancements in blockchain technology transform various sectors, attracting the attention of industrialists, practitioners, policymakers and academics, and profoundly affect construction businesses through smart contracts and crypto-economics. This paper explores the blockchain innovation ecosystem in construction. Design/methodology/approach: Through a qualitative study of 23 diverse interviewees, the study explores how open or closed the blockchain innovation ecosystem in construction is and who its emerging orchestrators are. Findings: The data showed that construction aims towards an open innovation blockchain ecosystem, although there are elements of hybridisation and closedness, each system pointing out to different orchestrators. Practical implications: The study has implications for governments and large companies in construction, showing that open innovation initiatives need to be encouraged by policymakers through rules, regulations and government-sponsored demonstrator projects. Social implications: The data showed that there is lack of readiness for business model change to support open innovation blockchain ecosystems in construction. Originality/value: This is the first study applying the open innovation theory in the construction industry and sheds light into the phenomenon of blockchain, suggesting routes for further democratisation of the technology for policymakers and practitioners. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Emerald, 2023
Keywords
Blockchain; Building information modelling (BIM); Ecosystem; Ecosystem orchestration; Innovation
National Category
Construction Management Other Social Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-40559 (URN)10.1108/imds-03-2022-0134 (DOI)000889682000001 ()2-s2.0-85142713134 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2022-12-05 Created: 2022-12-05 Last updated: 2023-03-06Bibliographically approved
Hilletofth, P. & Hilmola, O.-P. (2023). Competitive priorities and capabilities: High-cost country case survey. Journal of Global Operations and Strategic Sourcing, 16(3), 641-660
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2023 (English)In: Journal of Global Operations and Strategic Sourcing, ISSN 2398-5364, E-ISSN 2398-5372, Vol. 16, no 3, p. 641-660Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Purpose

Globalization and the importance of emerging markets have increased the pressure of high-cost manufacturing locations to sustain operations. However, there are still some countries in which manufacturing is prospering despite high costs (like Germany, Sweden and Switzerland). This study examines seven competitive priorities through 24 different capabilities, using a case survey of four manufacturing companies located in Sweden. This study aims to develop a contemporary understanding from vital priorities and capabilities.

Design/methodology/approach

A case survey was conducted in four different-sized manufacturing companies in Sweden during the autumn of 2018. In total, the survey attracted 89 responses. Respondents were mainly middle managers and other management team members.

Findings

In general, companies assess the importance of manufacturing capabilities higher than performance and improvement. The authors’ analysis shows that quality priority through product and process capabilities is ranked highest in terms of importance, performance and improvement. In addition, delivery capability shows a similarity with quality. At the other end, being lowest ranked are typically different flexibility and advertising capabilities. This study demonstrates with correlation analysis that most often capabilities have a positive correlation in terms of their importance, performance and improvement needs. Some capabilities show potential correlations across importance, performance and improvement.

Research limitations/implications

This research is limited to one high-cost environment and to four companies within that environment. Further research should examine the impact of the pandemic era on manufacturing priorities and capabilities.

Originality/value

In general, case surveys have relatively rarely been used in management studies. This research offers an alternative and deeper perspective from high-cost country manufacturing, as the responses are from numerous persons in management positions.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Emerald, 2023
Keywords
capability, priority, manufacturing, high-cost, survey
National Category
Other Mechanical Engineering Economics and Business
Research subject
Intelligent Industry
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-40585 (URN)10.1108/JGOSS-02-2022-0009 (DOI)000906037500001 ()2-s2.0-85145332007 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2022-12-07 Created: 2022-12-07 Last updated: 2023-10-05Bibliographically approved
Reitsma, E., Haug, A., Hilletofth, P. & Johansson, E. (2023). Engaging with ‘Engineer for Supply Chain’ (EfSC): insights from two engineer-to-order manufacturers. Production planning & control (Print)
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Engaging with ‘Engineer for Supply Chain’ (EfSC): insights from two engineer-to-order manufacturers
2023 (English)In: Production planning & control (Print), ISSN 0953-7287, E-ISSN 1366-5871Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

The practice of ‘Design for Supply Chain’ (DfSC) aims at integrating strategic sourcing into manufacturers’ new product development (NPD) processes. The literature on this topic, however, mainly focuses on contexts involving high-volume, standardised products, while the engineer-to-order (ETO) context has received only limited attention. As argued in this paper, this constitutes a gap in the literature since the findings from high-volume, standardised contexts may not be directly applicable to the ETO context. To support this claim, a case study approach is used to explore DfSC in two ETO manufacturers. This paper terms this practice ‘Engineer for Supply Chain’ (EfSC) and identifies four dimensions that it comprises: (1) consideration of strategic sourcing in NPD, (2) representation of the sourcing function in NPD, (3) collaboration between the R&D and sourcing functions, and (4) adoption of methods for considering strategic sourcing in NPD. Although these dimensions partly overlap with the literature on DfSC, the characteristics of EfSC differ—most notably by requiring the consideration of strategic sourcing before the product design stage of NPD, as well as procedures that encourage this consideration. Finally, the study identifies relationships among the dimensions and develops a holistic four-step process for engaging with EfSC.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Taylor & Francis, 2023
Keywords
Design for supply chain, strategic sourcing, new product development, engineer-to-order, Engineer for Supply Chain, case study
National Category
Economics and Business Other Mechanical Engineering
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-43217 (URN)10.1080/09537287.2023.2273989 (DOI)001097797400001 ()2-s2.0-85176097504 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2023-11-06 Created: 2023-11-06 Last updated: 2023-12-08Bibliographically approved
Mukhtar, U., Grönroos, C., Hilletofth, P., Pimenta, M. L. & Ferreira, A. C. (2023). Inter-functional value co-creation as an antecedent of supply chain performance: a study based on the coordination theory. Journal of business & industrial marketing, 38(11), 2324-2340
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2023 (English)In: Journal of business & industrial marketing, ISSN 0885-8624, E-ISSN 2052-1189, Vol. 38, no 11, p. 2324-2340Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Purpose: The purpose of this study is twofold. First, this study proposes to investigate the impact of inter-functional value co-creation (VCC) in a manufacturing firm’s value chain on supply chain performance, considering the moderating role of external integration. Second, this study proposes to validate a modified version of the VCC considering the inter-functional interaction context. Design/methodology/approach: Quantitative data were collected using survey approach from 129 managers from 51 departments of 22 manufacturing firms performing roles in several areas, such as procurement, logistics, sales, marketing and production. This study uses a PLS-SEM to analyze the model measurement, through confirmatory factor analysis. Findings: The empirical data supported the proposition of this study that the VCC degree (i.e. value co-production/value in use) between functions of the firm has significant positive effects on the performance of the supply chain, in customer service and flexibility. Practical implications: This study could be exceedingly useful for practitioners suggesting them to improve inter-functional integration by adopting VCC practices grounded on “value co-production” and “value in use.” Such practices may help to maximize supply chain performance. Originality/value: The coordination theory was useful to deepen the analysis of its quadrant named “participatory design,” considering the relationship between VCC and inter-functional integration. This paper extended the knowledge about the relationship between the participatory design quadrant and the quadrant referring to organizational structures and processes.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Emerald, 2023
Keywords
External integration; Inter-functional integration; Supply chain performance; Value co-creation
National Category
Economics and Business Other Mechanical Engineering
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-41108 (URN)10.1108/jbim-12-2021-0549 (DOI)000929405800001 ()2-s2.0-85147556781 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2023-02-20 Created: 2023-02-20 Last updated: 2023-11-22Bibliographically approved
Fjellström, D., Hilletofth, P., Fang, T., Kumar, V., Kumar, A. & Tan, K. H. (2023). Manufacturing relocation ambiguity model: a prerequisite for knowledge management. British Journal of Management, 34, 1100-1116
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2023 (English)In: British Journal of Management, ISSN 1045-3172, E-ISSN 1467-8551, Vol. 34, p. 1100-1116Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Knowledge management and manufacturing relocation have been treated as independent spheres. However, for a relocation to be fruitful, knowledge management needs to be incorporated. The purpose of this research is to shed light on the lack of knowledge management in dynamic manufacturing relocation. In particular, the research focuses on the ability to change, adapt and revert manufacturing relocation decisions, that is, the dynamic nature (or use) of the concept. A Swedish company was used as a case study. Nine in-depth interviews were conducted with key informants at the company's headquarters in Sweden and its factory in China to capture a dyadic perspective. The findings demonstrate that: (1) knowledge transfer is crucial to create/sustain competitive advantage in the offshoring and reshoring phase; (2) lack of knowledge transfer results in limited learning outcomes with operational and strategic consequences in the relocation; (3) resistance to knowledge transfer in the offshoring creates a knowledge gap that consequently leads to relocation ambiguity in the reshoring phase; and (4) companies need to develop knowledge management strategies to promote knowledge transfer and learn from their international relocation, to cope with relocation ambiguity. Our theoretical contribution introduces the knowledge ambiguity framework, which is a result of insufficient knowledge transfer in the dynamic manufacturing relocation. Even if an organization relocates efficiently, it can fail to take advantage of knowledge transfer and development as potential learning for the organization.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Wiley, 2023
National Category
Business Administration
Research subject
Intelligent Industry
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-40716 (URN)10.1111/1467-8551.12710 (DOI)000921567600001 ()2-s2.0-85147377913 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2023-01-09 Created: 2023-01-09 Last updated: 2023-07-05Bibliographically approved
Fobbe, L. & Hilletofth, P. (2023). Moving toward a circular economy in manufacturing organizations: the role of circular stakeholder engagement practices. The International Journal of Logistics Management, 34(3), 674-698
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Moving toward a circular economy in manufacturing organizations: the role of circular stakeholder engagement practices
2023 (English)In: The International Journal of Logistics Management, ISSN 0957-4093, Vol. 34, no 3, p. 674-698Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Purpose

The circular economy (CE) approach has been acknowledged as key for manufacturing organizations wishing to overcome sustainability challenges. However, the transition has been slow. Stakeholder engagement is a driver of the transition, but there is limited knowledge on stakeholder engagement practices in a CE context. The purpose of this paper is thus to explore with whom, on what and how organizations engage with stakeholders to implement CE as part of sustainability efforts.

Design/methodology/approach

This study is situated at the intersection of CE, stakeholder theory and supply chain literature. A case study with three Swedish manufacturing organizations was conducted to explore stakeholder engagement practices that facilitate the implementation of CE in organizational practice and the supply chain, considering conceptual differences between stakeholder engagement for sustainability and CE.

Findings

This study provides empirical evidence on how manufacturing organizations engage stakeholders to implement CE as part of organizations' sustainability efforts. The study highlights that manufacturing organizations have to move not only from linear to circular resource flows, but also from linear to circular stakeholder engagement. Such engagement can be achieved by extending with whom, expanding on what and leveling up how stakeholders are engaged.

Originality/value

This study provides an enhanced conceptual understanding of stakeholder engagement in the CE context and discusses differences regarding stakeholder engagement based on linear thinking. The study emphasizes the role of circular stakeholder engagement practices for the transition toward CE in manufacturing organizations.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Emerald, 2023
Keywords
circular economy, stakeholder theory, supply chain management, sustainability, manufacturing organizations
National Category
Other Social Sciences not elsewhere specified
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-40318 (URN)10.1108/IJLM-03-2022-0143 (DOI)000885588900001 ()2-s2.0-85142121186 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2022-10-28 Created: 2022-10-28 Last updated: 2023-05-04Bibliographically approved
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