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Gustafsson, Å. & Kans, M. (2018). Faculty experiences in interdisciplinary programs: opportunities and challenges. In: Casey Bean, Jens Bennedsen, Kristina Edström, Ron Hugo, Janne Röslof, Robert Songer & Tomohito Yamamoto (eds.) (Ed.), Proceedings of the 14th International CDIO Conference: Kanazawa in Japan, June 28-July 02, 2018. Paper presented at The 14th International CDIO Conference, Kanazawa, Japan, June 28-July 2, 2018. Kanazawa, Japan: Kanazawa Institute of Technology, Article ID 44.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Faculty experiences in interdisciplinary programs: opportunities and challenges
2018 (English)In: Proceedings of the 14th International CDIO Conference: Kanazawa in Japan, June 28-July 02, 2018 / [ed] Casey Bean, Jens Bennedsen, Kristina Edström, Ron Hugo, Janne Röslof, Robert Songer & Tomohito Yamamoto (eds.), Kanazawa, Japan: Kanazawa Institute of Technology , 2018, article id 44Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Changes in the business environment (such as shorter product lifecycles, globalization, and digitalization) while contributing to a sustainable development, have formed new conditions for companies and organizations. In this new situation, problems encountered cannot be answered within a single discipline. Interdisciplinary programs where students from different disciplines interact in learning and knowledge creation is a way to meet these changes in society. An interdisciplinary program also requires interaction on staff level: Meaningful collaboration brings together expertise from different disciplines so the fundamentals of a given discipline are clarified, and the connections to other disciplines are described, reaching a synergy effect by utilizing the strengths of each area. This, however, puts demands on the curriculum design and on the interaction of the teachers. This paper explores the teachers’ perspective of an interdisciplinary program at Linnaeus University. The program is a 2-year master program entitled “Innovation through business, engineering and design”, recruiting students from the engineering, business and design disciplines. The teaching staff represents different subject areas, and the teachers interact in an interdisciplinary mode in the first year, while the second year mainly contains disciplinary courses. In two focus group interviews, teachers were asked about opportunities and challenges in participating in the interdisciplinary program, as well as their view and how interdisciplinarity is considered in the program. The purpose of the paper is to identify how teachers perceive teaching in an interdisciplinary program as well as to distinguish perceived opportunities and challenges for teachers to participate in interdisciplinary programs. This paper concludes that teachers perceive interdisciplinary learning to take place in the project context, where students come from different disciplines work together to solve a complex real-life assignment. Moreover, the hindrances appear to outweigh the possibilities in participating in an interdisciplinary program. Amongst challenges the teachers perceive lack of resources, such as appropriate learning environments, required competence, and unclear decision channels.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Kanazawa, Japan: Kanazawa Institute of Technology, 2018
Series
Research Reports from Kanazawa Institute of Technology, ISSN 1796-9964
Keywords
Interdisciplinar, Focus groups, Master program, Innovation, Standards 3, 7, 9, 10, 12
National Category
Educational Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-77206 (URN)9784906122530 (ISBN)
Conference
The 14th International CDIO Conference, Kanazawa, Japan, June 28-July 2, 2018
Available from: 2018-08-20 Created: 2018-08-20 Last updated: 2018-09-19Bibliographically approved
Kans, M. & Gustafsson, Å. (2018). Student perspectives on interdisciplinarity: findings from an interdisciplinary two-year master program. In: Casey Bean, Jens Bennedsen, Kristina Edström, Ron Hugo, Janne Röslof, Robert Songer & Tomohito Yamamoto (eds.) (Ed.), Proceedings of the 14th International CDIO Conference: Kanazawa in Japan, June 28-July 02, 2018. Paper presented at The 14th International CDIO Conference, Kanazawa, Japan, June 28-July 2, 2018. Kanazawa, Japan
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Student perspectives on interdisciplinarity: findings from an interdisciplinary two-year master program
2018 (English)In: Proceedings of the 14th International CDIO Conference: Kanazawa in Japan, June 28-July 02, 2018 / [ed] Casey Bean, Jens Bennedsen, Kristina Edström, Ron Hugo, Janne Röslof, Robert Songer & Tomohito Yamamoto (eds.), Kanazawa, Japan, 2018Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The business environment has changed significantly during the last decade; globalization and short innovation cycles have become every-day business. These changes have formed new conditions for the companies and organizations: few of the problems encountered can be answered within a single discipline. Hence in order to address contemporary problems, companies and organizations need to have labor and recruit students with interdisciplinary skills. Consequently higher education must correspond to the business world’s changing needs by providing interdisciplinary programs. The purpose of possessing interdisciplinary knowledge and skills is to have the ability to understand the origin and nature of related disciplines as well as to relate these to its own discipline. Interdisciplinary skills could be viewed as an intangible type of knowledge that needs to be taught by and learned at the university. By possessing interdisciplinary skills, the labor and students will have a holistic view as compared the view related to one single discipline. The challenge, for the universities, lies in teaching and to ensure that the students possess interdisciplinary knowledge and skills. This paper focuses on students’ perceptions of interdisciplinarity and where it is taught and learned in a two-year master program. The purpose is to identify and analyze students’ perceptions of learning interdisciplinarity in a two-year master program. This paper is based on focus groups and personal interviews with students enrolled in the interdisciplinary two-year master program named “Innovation through business, engineering and design” hosted by the Linnaeus University. The two-year master program aims to enroll about 30 students each year from the disciplinary areas of Business, Engineering and Design. The paper concludes that the students perceive interdisciplinary as challenging and that interdisciplinarity require disciplinary skills and competences as well as personal and interpersonal capabilities. The students’ perceptions of interdisciplinary learning appear to be in line with the notion that learning is primarily to see things from different perspectives. Interdisciplinarity appears first and foremost in team work and communication. Tendencies towards a modification of the disciplines were noticed by the authors, which might lead to new disciplines evolving, such as “innovation design” or “innovation engineering”.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Kanazawa, Japan: , 2018
Series
Research Reports from Kanazawa Institute of Technology, ISSN 1796-9964
Keywords
Interdisciplinarity, Interview study, Ongoing two-year master program in innovation, Standards: 2, 7, 8, 12
National Category
Educational Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-77205 (URN)9784906122530 (ISBN)
Conference
The 14th International CDIO Conference, Kanazawa, Japan, June 28-July 2, 2018
Available from: 2018-08-20 Created: 2018-08-20 Last updated: 2018-09-19Bibliographically approved
Gustafsson, Å. (2017). Assessing work order information quality in harvesting. Silva Fennica, 51(4), 1-18, Article ID 6989.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Assessing work order information quality in harvesting
2017 (English)In: Silva Fennica, ISSN 0037-5330, E-ISSN 2242-4075, Vol. 51, no 4, p. 1-18, article id 6989Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Being a logging contractor involves several uncertainties, amongst others, information quality in the work order received from customers. The information quality of work orders is of the utmost importance for logging contactors, in order to be able to plan and conduct work properly. The purpose of this paper is three-fold: 1) identifying work order information components in harvesting, 2) identifying work order information quality dimensions in harvesting and 3) assessing work order information quality in harvesting. The paper is based on interviews and a survey. Various interviews took place in Sweden with professionals within the harvesting industry as well as logging contractors, and thereafter a survey was developed. Random selection was conducted and 100 Swedish logging contractors were contacted by telephone in order to answer the survey, with a response rate of 82% from the sample. The paper concludes that the information quality dimension of accuracy concerns the individual work order information components, whereas timeliness is related to receiving the complete work orders. A factor analysis has been conducted with five factors emerging. The assessment of work order information quality in harvesting implies that the potential for improvement exists with regard to increasing the accuracy of the order information for the components of “Cleaning under story trees - not conducted” and “Cleaning under story trees - of low standard” as well as “landing size”, and “landing placement”. However, their effect on capacity is utilization needs to be explored.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Helsinki: Finnish Society of Forest Science, 2017
Keywords
Logging contractor, Work orders, Work order information components, Survey study, Factor analysis
National Category
Business Administration
Research subject
Economy, Business administration
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-68383 (URN)10.14214/sf.6989 (DOI)000417042800002 ()2-s2.0-85030235340 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2017-10-17 Created: 2017-10-17 Last updated: 2019-08-29Bibliographically approved
Kans, M. & Gustafsson, Å. (2016). Analyzing the meaning of interdisciplinary in the CDIO context. In: Jerker Björkqvist, Kristina Edström, Ronald J. Hugo, Juha Kontio, Janne Roslöf, Rick Sellens, Seppo Virtanen (Ed.), Proceedings of the 12th International CDIO Conference, Turku University of Applied Sciences,Turku, Finland, June 12-16, 2016.: . Paper presented at The 12th International CDIO Conference, Turku University of Applied Sciences,Turku, Finland, June 12-16, 2016. (pp. 962-973). Turku: Turku University of Applied Sciences
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Analyzing the meaning of interdisciplinary in the CDIO context
2016 (English)In: Proceedings of the 12th International CDIO Conference, Turku University of Applied Sciences,Turku, Finland, June 12-16, 2016. / [ed] Jerker Björkqvist, Kristina Edström, Ronald J. Hugo, Juha Kontio, Janne Roslöf, Rick Sellens, Seppo Virtanen, Turku: Turku University of Applied Sciences , 2016, p. 962-973Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Companies search for potential recruits with interdisciplinary skills. Consequently, to meet this requirement, universities and teaching institutions develop and offer interdisciplinary courses and programs. However, the meaning of interdisciplinarity varies between different actors. In order to be able to compare, monitor and evaluate concepts, it is important to ensure that the concept have the same meaning and content for all actors. Hence, the purpose of this paper is to describe the term interdisciplinarity and its application in higher education with specific focus on CDIO related literature. Moreover, dimensions of interdisciplinarity will be illustrated in an ongoing master program.

This paper consists of two parts. The first part is a theoretical study conducted in order to describe the concept and illustrate the width of applications of interdisciplinarity in the CDIO context. For this purpose, the content of the CDIO knowledge library was surveyed using the following key words: inter*, cross*, trans*, interdisciplinary*, crossdisciplinary*, and transdisciplinary*. The second part is empirical in nature and describes an on-going interdisciplinary master program named “Innovation through Business, Engineering and Design” offered at the Linnaeus University, Sweden, as well as its dimensions of interdisciplinary.

The CDIO approach advocates integrated learning experiences and the use of disciplinary competencies for solving interdisciplinary problems. This is reflected in the body of knowledge represented by the CDIO library: most of the articles reviewed in this study are describing interdisciplinary or transdisciplinary activities. The interaction could be between subjects, skills and courses within the discipline, i.e. in a cross-disciplinary or multidisciplinary mode, or between students representing different disciplines in multidisciplinary, interdisciplinary or transdisciplinary mode. Faculty staff acts as designers and enablers of these activities, both in terms of curriculum development on strategic level and activity creation and activity execution on the operational level. The practical example given in the paper illustrates the importance of an effective administration for succeeding with interdisciplinary activities.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Turku: Turku University of Applied Sciences, 2016
Series
Research Reports from Turku University of Applied Sciences ; 45
Keywords
Literature survey, Master program in innovation, Standards: 3, 5, 7, 8
National Category
Pedagogical Work
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-52981 (URN)978-952-216-610-4 (ISBN)
Conference
The 12th International CDIO Conference, Turku University of Applied Sciences,Turku, Finland, June 12-16, 2016.
Available from: 2016-06-03 Created: 2016-06-03 Last updated: 2018-09-19Bibliographically approved
Gustafsson, Å. & Johansson, J. (2016). Does quality matter?. In: Ivica Grbac (Ed.), Implementation of wood science in woodworking sector: proceedings. Paper presented at 27th International Conference on Wood Science and Technology, Zagreb, Croatia, October 13-14, 2016 (pp. 263-270). Zagreb: University of Zagreb, Faculty of Forestry
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Does quality matter?
2016 (English)In: Implementation of wood science in woodworking sector: proceedings / [ed] Ivica Grbac, Zagreb: University of Zagreb, Faculty of Forestry , 2016, p. 263-270Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Zagreb: University of Zagreb, Faculty of Forestry, 2016
National Category
Wood Science
Research subject
Technology (byts ev till Engineering), Forestry and Wood Technology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-58156 (URN)2-s2.0-85003451611 (Scopus ID)9789532920475 (ISBN)
Conference
27th International Conference on Wood Science and Technology, Zagreb, Croatia, October 13-14, 2016
Available from: 2016-11-17 Created: 2016-11-17 Last updated: 2019-08-09Bibliographically approved
Gustafsson, Å., Johansson, J. & Salinas, M. (2016). Realization of a higher education interdisciplinary program. In: Claes Dahlqvist, Stefan Larsson (Ed.), Lärarlärdom 2016: Högskolan Kristianstad. Paper presented at Lärarlärdom 2016 (pp. 55-69). Kristianstad University Press
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Realization of a higher education interdisciplinary program
2016 (English)In: Lärarlärdom 2016: Högskolan Kristianstad / [ed] Claes Dahlqvist, Stefan Larsson, Kristianstad University Press , 2016, p. 55-69Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

For most companies and organizations there is a need to employ graduates with interdisciplinary skills. Hence it becomes important for universities and teaching institutions to graduate students with this knowledge. At the same time there is need for universities and teaching institutions to position itself in relation to its competitors. This is an apparent challenge for universities and teaching institutions, as developing and offering interdisciplinary programs requires them to break the normal traditional university structure involving different faculties applying different operating models. However, by succeeding with this, universities will create a competitive advantage over their competitors.

At Linnaeus University, Sweden, an interdisciplinary program called Innovation through Business, Engineering and Design involving three faculties has been developed.  The program was initiated in 2011 and began in 2014 with 15 students. The program is dimensioned for about 30 students, ten from each faculty. This paper reports on the realization of the program and the resources needed to do this. Knowing the resource requirements is necessary in order to make correct decisions regarding program development and to avoid decisions on invalid grounds. Knowing the activities to be performed is an essential pre-requisite for resource planning. Consequently the purpose of this paper is to identify organization roles and activities as well as the resources required in order to realize an interdisciplinary program.

The paper is empirical in nature and data has been collected using interactive research. Interactive research stresses the researchers (i.e. the authors) joint learning together with other members of the development group and the other actors involved. 

The paper concludes that in order for a realization to take place organizational roles (such as project leader and product coordinators), and activities such as creating deliverable document and schedule are necessary. The differences between a single-disciplinary program and a multidisciplinary program lies rather in the complexity and time management of performing the activities needed then in the actual performing. There is primarily a need for human capital, as the suitable faculty members are needed, as well as there is a need financial capital.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Kristianstad University Press, 2016
National Category
Pedagogy
Research subject
Pedagogics and Educational Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-61117 (URN)
Conference
Lärarlärdom 2016
Available from: 2017-03-07 Created: 2017-03-07 Last updated: 2019-05-20Bibliographically approved
Gustafsson, Å. (2015). Beyond reasoning: pitfalls when developing an interdisciplinary program. In: Proceedings of Lärarlärdom: conference on higher education. Paper presented at Lärarlärdom 2015, Växjö, 9 augusti, 2015 (pp. 26-44). Linnéuniversitetet
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Beyond reasoning: pitfalls when developing an interdisciplinary program
2015 (English)In: Proceedings of Lärarlärdom: conference on higher education, Linnéuniversitetet , 2015, p. 26-44Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Most modern companies are looking to hire graduates with interdisciplinary skills, so it is important for universities and teaching institutions to meet this demand by offering interdisciplinary courses and programs. IKEA is a major actor in the Swedish business environment and along with IKEA needs and the general development, Linnaeus University has developed an interdisciplinary program called “Innovation through business, design, and engineering” involving three faculties: the Faculty of Technology, the School of Business and Economics, and the Faculty of Arts and Humanities. For faculties developing interdisciplinary programs, additional resources are needed, making efficiency in the development process critically important. This paper reports on the development process of an interdisciplinary master’s program. The efficiency of program development can be improved through shared experiences, so the purpose of this paper is to identify pitfalls in the development process of an interdisciplinary program and suggest possible actions for their prevention.The paper is empirical in nature and data has been gathered through in-depth in-terviews with faculty members, external reviewer, and the IKEA co-workers in-volved. The focus was on the activities of the program development process: initiation, development of the program syllabus, and development of the course syllabus. In total, ten interviews were conducted (12 respondents participated). The study concludes the following pitfalls in the development process:

• Unclear specification of assignment and missing requirement specification

• Missing decision making mode

l• Recruitment of faculty members

• Missing upper management commitment

The following actions for their prevention are suggested: clear specification of assignment and existing requirement specification, existing decision making model, appropriate recruitment faculty members, and presence of upper management commitment in all activities. Despite these pitfalls, identified in this paper, the program is in line with its original charter with about twenty students from the three facilities enrolled.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Linnéuniversitetet, 2015
National Category
Pedagogy
Research subject
Pedagogics and Educational Sciences, Pedagogics
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-49651 (URN)10.15626/lld.201502 (DOI)978-91-88357-08-3 (ISBN)
Conference
Lärarlärdom 2015, Växjö, 9 augusti, 2015
Available from: 2016-02-08 Created: 2016-02-08 Last updated: 2016-09-26Bibliographically approved
Svenson Ülgen, V. & Gustafsson, Å. (2014). Critical factors for supplier development: a study of suppliers in the heavy vehicle industry. In: Britta Gammelgaard, Günter Prockl, Aseem Kinra, Jesper Aastrup, Peter Holm Andreasen, Hans-Joachim Schramm, Juliana Hsuan, Malek Malouf, Andreas Wieland (Ed.), Proceedings of the 26th conference of the Nordic Logistics Research Network - NOFOMA 2014: competitiveness through supply chain management and global logistics. Paper presented at NOFOMA 2014, Copenhagen, June 11-13, 2014 (pp. 379-393). Nordic Logistics Research Network
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Critical factors for supplier development: a study of suppliers in the heavy vehicle industry
2014 (English)In: Proceedings of the 26th conference of the Nordic Logistics Research Network - NOFOMA 2014: competitiveness through supply chain management and global logistics / [ed] Britta Gammelgaard, Günter Prockl, Aseem Kinra, Jesper Aastrup, Peter Holm Andreasen, Hans-Joachim Schramm, Juliana Hsuan, Malek Malouf, Andreas Wieland, Nordic Logistics Research Network, 2014, p. 379-393Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Purpose

Research in the supplier development domain is primarily based on studies from the buyer perspective. This supplier development study has a qualitative approach focusing on the supplier perspective. The study aims to identify critical factors for the supplier development program from the supplier perspective.

Design / methodology / approach

In order to create understanding of factors critical for the supplier development program the Critical Incident Technique is applied, since it facilities in-depth explorative studies. The study involves three suppliers to one buyer in the Swedish heavy vehicle industry.  

Findings

The study concludes different critical factors influencing supplier development, such as formal structure of communication and competence level of those employed by the buyer. Further, suppliers stress their own proactivity as a critical factor.

Research limitations / implications

This explorative and primarily empirical study provides additional insights into the areas of critical factors for supplier development by focusing on the supplier perspective.

Practical implications

Supplier development is often enforced by the buyer and in order to succeed, knowledge and understanding of the critical factors from the supplier perspective are essential. This knowledge will allow the buyer to take these critical factors into consideration, will enhance the features and properties of the suppliers and increase the value creation for the end customer.

What is original/value of paper

This explorative study complements previous studies, as it focuses the supplier perspective from an empirical viewpoint

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Nordic Logistics Research Network, 2014
Keywords
Supplier development program, Critical incident technique, Supplier perspective, Case study, Critical factor
National Category
Economics and Business
Research subject
Economy, Logistics
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-35379 (URN)978-87-997433-0-8 (ISBN)
Conference
NOFOMA 2014, Copenhagen, June 11-13, 2014
Available from: 2014-06-19 Created: 2014-06-19 Last updated: 2016-09-26Bibliographically approved
Gustafsson, Å. (2014). Logistics service requirements in the industry for producing pallet and pallet collars: identification and grouping of logistics service requirements. In: Presented at Scandinavian Society of Forest Economics biennial scientific conference SSFE 2014, Uppsala, May 21–23, 2014: . Paper presented at Scandinavian Society of Forest Economics biennial scientific conference SSFE 2014, Uppsala, May 21–23, 2014.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Logistics service requirements in the industry for producing pallet and pallet collars: identification and grouping of logistics service requirements
2014 (English)In: Presented at Scandinavian Society of Forest Economics biennial scientific conference SSFE 2014, Uppsala, May 21–23, 2014, 2014Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

In general, the sawmill industry perceives softwood lumber to be a commodity product and its individual actors’ traditional focus is on cost reduction. However, instead of focusing on cost reduction, focus ought to be drawn towards sawmills’ total offers in which service is particularly stressed. Therefore, knowledge of the individual logistics service requirements and their internal grouping is of vital importance in order to be able to handle groups rather than individual requirements, thereby keeping costs low. About 20 % of the produced softwood lumber is used for pallets and pallet collars. Producers of pallets and pallet collars thereby constitute important customers to the sawmill industry. Despite this, studies regarding the producers of pallets andpallet collars’ logistics service requirements are lacking. Hence the purpose of this paper is to identify and categorize logistics service requirements in the pallet and pallet collar industry. This paper identifies and categorizes the logistics service requirements demanded by sawmills; bylearning which those individual requirements are, then knowing how they could be categorized is essential for the sawmills’ business development.

This study commences with an interview study aimed at identifying individual logistics service requirements. Thereafter a survey study is conducted in order to be able to categorize the individual logistics service requirements. The study concludes that logistic service requirements,such as delivery precision and goods wrapped in plastic, are important logistic servicerequirements; there appears to be a standardized set of logistic service requirements required by this category of customer. As this research is constituted by an interview study as well as by aquestionnaire study, it is not possible to identify the actual actions with regards to real trade-offs,made by the actors, which are made in business. Therefore additional studies need to be conducted with an in-depth case study approach.

Keywords
Sawmills, Softwood lumber, Factor analysis
National Category
Economics and Business
Research subject
Economy, Logistics
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-35378 (URN)
Conference
Scandinavian Society of Forest Economics biennial scientific conference SSFE 2014, Uppsala, May 21–23, 2014
Available from: 2014-06-19 Created: 2014-06-19 Last updated: 2016-09-26Bibliographically approved
Gustafsson, Å. & Eliasson, L. (2014). Product quality deficiencies in the prefabrication industry for single-family houses. Wood Material Science & Engineering, 9(1), 1-11
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Product quality deficiencies in the prefabrication industry for single-family houses
2014 (English)In: Wood Material Science & Engineering, ISSN 1748-0272, E-ISSN 1748-0280, Vol. 9, no 1, p. 1-11Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In the industry for the prefabrication of single-family houses, previous research had indicated that individual companies have problems in securing the product quality of incoming softwood timber. This implies that they need to carry out a quality inspection and adjust the softwood timber when it arrives at their facility in order to fit their production. Opinions within the industry concerning product quality deficiencies differ with regard to the handling procedures and the percentage of perceived deficiencies. However, there are prefabricators of single-family houses that need to find additional areas for use for their purchased softwood timber, and spend several working hours on softwood timber to meet the quality criteria agreed upon. A previous study by Eliasson and Gustafsson puts forward a number of proposals regarding the quality deficiencies of softwood timber in this context. The present work transforms some of these proposals into hypotheses and aims at describing and understanding what affects the perception of product quality deficiencies. Questionnaires were used to collect data. The paper concludes that the purchase volume is indicated to be related to the volume portion of the deficiency in the product quality and that the level of information- and communication-technology support in production (i.e. the degree of automation) is indicated to be related to the inspection activity point. An extension of the proposed hypotheses concludes that the inspection activity point on arrival and/or on delivery into production also affects how companies do perceive product quality deficiencies. Research regarding what affects product quality deficiencies is lacking in recognizing and knowing what is aligned with the perception of product quality deficiencies; the individual companies will have an opportunity to affect and manage their appearance and thereby enhance the use of softwood timber.

Keywords
Softwood timber, product quality deficiency, hypotheses testing
National Category
Economics and Business Materials Engineering
Research subject
Economy, Ekonomistyrning; Technology (byts ev till Engineering), Forestry and Wood Technology; Technology (byts ev till Engineering), Civil engineering
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-30895 (URN)10.1080/17480272.2013.847493 (DOI)2-s2.0-84895060856 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2013-12-04 Created: 2013-12-04 Last updated: 2017-12-06Bibliographically approved
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