The research tasks are firstly to develop a context-based approach with the aim of improving the shipbuilding industry in Norway, secondly to use this new approach to identify and analyse the different factors leading to waste in shipbuilding production and thirdly to make for new tools and systems that, used in a systematic manner, will increase the effectiveness of shipbuilding production. The project will include one ph. D, in the area of studying and developing production management strategies parti cularly adapted to the shipbuilding industry.
Lean shipbuilding is thought of as a way to approach complex project production, planning for uncertainties and interdependencies involved in this type of one-of-the-kind production.
The project aims to est ablish a research and development program that stimulates knowledge sharing and that uses research as a central input for improvement. This will be done by providing for knowledge transfer and by arranging for workshops and seminars where business represe ntatives from the shipbuilding and construction industry can meet and learn from each other.
A basic part of the project is about involving workers in the business development to improve their own work place; the workers involvement also includes providin g the project team, the supervisors and other relevant persons with the adequate skills to make use of lean principles in their everyday work.
The research approach of this project will be based on three interrelated activities: 1) Development of a contex t-based approach to understand and make for improvements within shipbuilding industry (conceptualisation), 2) Research-supported business activities to provide shipyards, in different development processes, with relevant research-based knowledge, and 3) K nowledge transfer through networking among shipyards between sh