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Problems in the onward and upward phase of APS system implementation: Why do they occur?

Linea Kjellsdotter Ivert (Department of Technology Management and Economics, Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden)
Patrik Jonsson (Department of Technology Management and Economics, Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden)

International Journal of Physical Distribution & Logistics Management

ISSN: 0960-0035

Article publication date: 17 May 2011

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Abstract

Purpose

Studies conducted on advanced planning and scheduling (APS) systems have found problems in the marginal or negative returns from APS systems when they are implemented in manufacturing planning and control processes. The purpose of this study is to examine what problems exist in the onward and upward phase of the APS system implementation and how the individual, technical and organizational (ITO) dimensions in the implementation phases influence the problems in the onward and upward phase.

Design/methodology/approach

Three different manufacturing companies using a supply chain planning module to support their tactical manufacturing planning processes were chosen and their APS system implementation phases were studied. Interviews with the project members and the end-users, and on-site visits, were conducted. Internal company data and presentations were collected and analyzed according to four implementation phases and the ITO dimensions.

Findings

Three types of problems were identified in the onward and upward phase: process-related problems concerning difficulties to move forward; dependency on a consultancy firm; and too much time spent in the system. System-related problems include the usage of parallel systems and inadequate usage of the appropriate potential of the APS system. Plan-related problems regard an incorrect production plan. Different relationships between the ITO dimensions in the implementation process and the problem type were proposed.

Practical implications

The relationships identified in this paper are of important knowledge for companies who are implementing, or are in the process of implementing, APS systems.

Originality/value

There has been little written about the implementation issues of APS systems. The practical use of APS systems in the tactical planning is also relatively low. It is not known what problems to expect and how the ITO dimensions influence the problems during implementation. The findings this paper discusses fill some of these gaps.

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Citation

Kjellsdotter Ivert, L. and Jonsson, P. (2011), "Problems in the onward and upward phase of APS system implementation: Why do they occur?", International Journal of Physical Distribution & Logistics Management, Vol. 41 No. 4, pp. 343-363. https://doi.org/10.1108/09600031111131922

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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