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Publication date: 1 March 2005

S.A. Oke

The paper presents a mathematical model that measures the profitability of the maintenance system based on the traditional accounting definition of profitability. There is…

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Purpose

The paper presents a mathematical model that measures the profitability of the maintenance system based on the traditional accounting definition of profitability. There is currently a dire need for an article presenting a scientific‐based framework for practitioners in maintenance to make optimal instead of sub‐optimal decisions on profitability. Design/methodology/approachA case study is presented to reflect the actual application of the proposed model. Different situations were considered in modelling to obtain optimal results. Simulation experiments were conducted to demonstrate that maintenance profitability is a reality through the use of differential calculus. Findings – It was observed that the approach presented is a holistic viewpoint of maintenance profitability measurement. Research limitations/implicationsAn adequate understanding of the maintenance system is needed to properly implement the model. Practical implications – The practical application of the model is that the maintenance system will now be viewed as a value‐adding activity instead of “a necessary evil” or “a bottomless pit for expenses”. Originality/value – This paper fulfils an identified need and offers practical help to managers in taking guided decisions that are optimal.

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International Journal of Productivity and Performance Management, vol. 54 no. 2
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1741-0401

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Publication date: 1 December 2003

E.A.M. Mjema and A.M. Mweta

The main objective of this study was to analyse the economics of introducing IT in the maintenance department. The economics in this case was determined by conducting a

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The main objective of this study was to analyse the economics of introducing IT in the maintenance department. The economics in this case was determined by conducting a quantitative analysis on the reduction of operational costs, on increase in productivity and on quality improvement. A comparison was made to analyse company performance in the maintenance before and after the introduction of IT in the maintenance department. The analysis shows that there were reductions of operational and inventory holding costs. Likewise, it was shown that there was also improvement in product quality and productivity.

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Journal of Quality in Maintenance Engineering, vol. 9 no. 4
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1355-2511

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Publication date: 31 May 2013

Mirka Kans

The aim with this paper is to describe current IT practices within maintenance in Swedish industry, and to outline the future possible developments.

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Purpose

The aim with this paper is to describe current IT practices within maintenance in Swedish industry, and to outline the future possible developments.

Design/methodology/approach

The study is performed as a web‐based questionnaire survey consisting of 71 participants. A systems perspective is applied for capturing the most relevant aspects of IT utilisation.

Findings

The IT practices are characterised by high use of business‐specific IT solutions, low use of company‐wide IT solutions, low IT intensity and the client‐server architecture is dominating. The purchase decision and ownership of IT is to high extent tied to the maintenance function. Moreover, IT systems are apprehended as beneficial and connected to real needs. The findings imply a decentralised IT governance form and a mainly vertical (functional) IT support.

Research limitations/implications

The socio‐technical approach suggested in this paper helps us to identify which areas to study, and also shows the tight interrelationship between different factors, layers and systems.

Practical implications

The study results could be used for benchmarking purposes or to highlight state‐of‐the‐art of IT utilisation in maintenance, and thereby set the topic on the corporate agenda.

Originality/value

Studies describing IT utilisation within maintenance in the form of case studies and surveys exist, but they mainly focus on one aspect. This study approached the problem from a socio‐technical perspective, covering several aspects connected to IT utilisation.

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Publication date: 1 December 2005

Richard Lansdow, Wahab Issae, Sidney Katala and Rose Mwaisumo

The primary aim of the work reported here is to determine whether a low cost teaching approach which had been successfully used in one region of Tanzania (Tanga) could be…

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Purpose

The primary aim of the work reported here is to determine whether a low cost teaching approach which had been successfully used in one region of Tanzania (Tanga) could be introduced to other teachers in a different region by teachers, rather than outside experts. A second aim is to determine whether changes occurred in children's knowledge and behaviour and a third aim is to determine if the work was sustained.

Design/methodology/approach

The study was carried out in ten randomly selected schools in the Dodoma region, where there is a high prevalence rate of trachoma, with the teachers being taught active methods by colleagues from Tanga. Local staff from Helen Keller International had an input in teaching about trachoma itself. Data in the form of environmental, educational and clinical observations and were collected at the beginning, the end and during the programme and information on children's knowledge was obtained at the beginning and the end.

Findings

The results were encouraging in showing that teachers were effective in passing on their skills to other teachers, who in turn were enthusiastic in putting their new knowledge into practice. Equally encouraging was the way in which children's behaviour changed as well as their knowledge. A follow up four years later showed that the work has continued in all ten schools and has and spread to 27 others. Teaching on trachoma will be included in the new national curriculum for primary schools.

Originality/value

It is suggested that teachers should be considered as a significant part of any community based trachoma programme.

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Health Education, vol. 105 no. 6
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0965-4283

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