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  • 1.
    Mukhina, Maria
    et al.
    Linnaeus University, School of Business and Economics, Department of Management Accounting and Logistics.
    Chah, Kenneth
    Linnaeus University, School of Business and Economics, Department of Management Accounting and Logistics.
    Wang, Tingting
    Linnaeus University, School of Business and Economics, Department of Management Accounting and Logistics.
    Improving the processes in a warehouse: A case study2015Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 40 credits / 60 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Title: Improving the Processes in a WarehouseBackground: For warehouses to perform as efficiently and effectively as possible, helping companies maintain a high service level and react to market changes, continuous improvement is necessary. This is achievable through amongst other methods, the analysis of operations to identify wasteful activities and eliminate them.

    Purpose: This paper, through a thorough description and understanding of the current outbound processes at Company N, seeks to identify any wasteful activity and what might be causing such wastes. Furthermore the paper shall seek to make recommendations for reducing or eliminating wastes identified.

    Research Questions:

    What wastes can be identified in Company N’s outbound processes and why do they occur? What recommendations should be made for reducing wastes at Company N?

    Method: This research is qualitative in nature carried out using a deductive approach. Primary data was gathered mainly through observation and semi-structured and unstructured interviews with the goal of gaining as deep an understanding of the processes as possible. Secondary data was also gotten from multiple sources within the company. Contemporary tools and techniques like Value Stream Mapping and Gemba (observation at the place of work) were useful in identifying wastes; meanwhile the 5 Why’s questioning technique was used for finding the causes of wastes identified. Benchmarking was also used as a means of sourcing ideas and proven standards of performance.

    Conclusion: The research identified five main wastes including waiting, travelling, unnecessary motion, defects and processing. The main causes of the wastes include the use of manual verification during processes, limited use of batch picking, the absence of lifting aid and dissatisfaction amongst workers. The report makes recommendations including change of handling equipment and operating procedures to accommodate automatic verification of locations and items, as well as better usage of batch picking. It is also recommended to swap the location of certain articles and introduce marketing analysis to reduce travelling. Finally, recommendations are made for counteracting worker dissatisfaction such as a proposed improvement report, an appraisal system, more cross training and internal personnel development.

  • 2.
    Tabetando, Elizabeth Atem
    et al.
    Linnaeus University, Faculty of Business, Economics and Design, Linnaeus School of Business and Economics.
    Kenneth, Chah Walandji
    Linnaeus University, Faculty of Business, Economics and Design, Linnaeus School of Business and Economics.
    Kibuh, Primus
    A STUDY ON ENTRY MODES IN AN OLIGOPOLISTIC MARKET SITUATION2012Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Background: One of the main distinguishing factors that we have identified between thedifferent market structures is the level of barriers to entry. Market entry barriers are relevantwhen considering new market entry. The main barriers to entry include Cost advantages ofincumbents, Product differentiation of incumbents, Capital requirements, Customer switchingcosts, Access to distribution channels and Government policy.

    Purpose: The purpsoe of this paper is to identify factors that may influence entry modedecisions in an oligopolistic market situation.

    Method: Our thesis is based on a single case study of a Danish company in Sweden. We havechosen to do a qualitative research method. We have gathered our empirical data by doing emails and face-face interviews.

    Conclusions: We answered our research questions such as, “What factors affect entry modedecisions?” These factors could be both internal and external but we concentrated on factorsrelated to external environment within the new market because they are decisive in the choice ofentry modes strategy within a new market since the firm usually has little or no control overthem. For this study, external factors that affected Strandmöllen AB’s choice of entry modes intothe Swedish market are: business environment, cultural distance, market barriers and competitionintensity. Our second research question is, ‘Which entry modes can a firm use to enter anoligopolistic market situation?’ Strandmöllen AB is a wholly owned subsidiary of StrandmöllenAS. The entry mode strategy was by acquisition of ScanGas, a small Swedish gas supplier.

    Suggestions for further research: This subject area (oligopolistic) is quite rare. We could notfind much material on entry modes in an oligopolistic situation. Authors think that with moreresources and more time, this could be an interesting area to expand academic research on.

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