Economical Justification of Strategic Decision Making in Maintenance

Gary Linnéusson

My research

My name is Gary Linnéusson and I'm a PhD student within IPSI. The current title of my research is: Economical Justification of Strategic Decision Making in Maintenance. The research will focus on identifying the maintenance function in order to make more accurate predictions on how strategy effects key figures in the economical statements in order to strengthen decision makers on path forward. I currently hold a Licentiate degree from 2010 and after some years in industry am I back in academia for a finalization of the PhD-degree. I restarted my research in May 2015 and plan on being finished in late 2017. This work is partly funded by Volvo Cars Corporation and Volvo Group Trucks Operations, Powertrain Production and will be conducted in close cooperation with them.

Basic Motivations

A companion to the increased level of automation is the increased value of production assets which increases the requirement on optimized maintenance. The increased global competition has at the same time brought increased pressure on utilization of production time thus forcing the purpose of maintenance towards eliminating the need of its own existence. The situation for maintenance is thus both increased need due to more equipment in industries and less time slots in which to perform maintenance on. Since maintenance cost is a considerable amount of budget several challenges are present. To manage this situation resources has to be put in the right strategy and it has to be well grounded in top management translated into economic consequences in order to be correctly valued. In this translation we face a problem, the consequences of a maintenance strategy bring costs on both short and long term, something the economical statements are inadequate to handle. The requirements from production on manufacturing is planned maintenance, which requires investment of resources in proactive work, however the requirement from investors on short term ROI (return on investments) may result in limiting budget frames for maintenance, making it hard to serve its customer. It has shown many times earlier that it forces development towards reactive work, saving money on short term but losing on long term in another form as in breakdowns and lost production time. In conclusion, more is supposed to be done with less, requiring better predictions and key in this process is identifying how maintenance connect with the economical statements in order to verify strategy of actions.

Aim

The overall aim of this research is to enable better informed decisions regarding the maintenance strategy. Thus lot of focus is on identifying and visualize the link between the performed maintenance and its results in terms of the economical statement top management applies as tool for decision making. The hypothesis behind this aim is that existing methods for deciding on strategy are no better than gut feeling which is a risky business no longer sufficient in today's increasingly harder competition.

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Contact info

Gary Linnéusson
Email: gary.linneusson@his.se
Work: 0500-448553
Room: PA210e