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Improvement process selection framework for the formation of improvement solution alternatives

Shye-Nee Low (School of Mechanical Engineering, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia)
Shahrul Kamaruddin (School of Mechanical Engineering, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia)
Ishak Abdul Azid (School of Mechanical Engineering, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia)

International Journal of Productivity and Performance Management

ISSN: 1741-0401

Article publication date: 8 June 2015

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to investigate multiple criteria decision-making (MCDM) processes within a flow-line production-improvement activity. Investigation can lead to understanding of how a process improvement framework influences the decision and fulfillment of the potential to successfully change the operation process.

Design/methodology/approach

The improvement process selection (IPS) framework is built systematically by incorporating all related decision criteria with suitable tools required to select improvement alternatives. The process consists of three phases: identification, prediction, and selection. The IPS framework is validated through a case study of a company that was carrying out a flow-line production-improvement project.

Findings

The developed framework is used to prioritize the problem scope and select the solutions from various options. The case study illustrates the process through which the developed framework provided a systematic approach in identifying the solutions and achieving the desired performance improvement. Prediction result analysis shows the framework achieved sustainable process improvement changes and prevents management levels from higher risks in failure improvement. The feedback of the case study has verified the robustness of the framework.

Practical implications

Quantitative improvement tools, such as MCDM employed in the IPS framework are vital for better understanding of the improvement impact of changes. Thus, the improvement solution alternatives can be analyzed in more comprehensive ways by considering numerous performance metrics in order to select the best improvement alternatives.

Originality/value

The IPS framework can assist the company in determining optimal decisions in relation to selection of improvement alternatives. As a result, production performance can be affected positively.

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Acknowledgements

The authors wish to thank Ministry of Education (MOE) Malaysia for the KTP Grant that has made it possible for this research to be carried out.

Citation

Low, S.-N., Kamaruddin, S. and Abdul Azid, I. (2015), "Improvement process selection framework for the formation of improvement solution alternatives", International Journal of Productivity and Performance Management, Vol. 64 No. 5, pp. 702-722. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJPPM-06-2013-0111

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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