A diagnostic tree for improving production line performance

Wallace J. Hopp*, Seyed M.R. Iravani, Biying Shou

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Improving performance of production systems is a critical but often unstructured activity. To help managers convert ad hoc or trial & error improvement efforts into efficient and systematic reviews, we develop a diagnostic tree which decomposes a performance improvement objective into successively more concrete sub-objectives and finally into potential improvement strategies. Based on principles from the Operations Management literature, this tree is structured to enable a non-specialist to better understand the links between corrective actions and performance. It also provides an important foundation for a principles-based knowledge management system that couples the decision tree with a search engine for locating relevant documents within an intranet.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)77-92
Number of pages16
JournalProduction and Operations Management
Volume16
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 2007

Keywords

  • Diagnostic tree
  • Factory physics
  • Knowledge management

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Management Science and Operations Research
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
  • Management of Technology and Innovation

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