Implementing collaborative improvement, top-down, bottom-up, or both?

Rasmus Kaltoft, H. Boer, Harm Boer, Federico Caniato, Frank Gertsen, H.G.A. Middel, Jacob Steendahl Nielsen

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    The research presented in this paper was aimed at increasing the current understanding of the process of developing collaborative improvement in Extended Manufacturing Enterprises (EME). Based on action research and action learning of three EMEs involving a total of thirteen companies from five European countries, the present study identifies three different approaches to collaborative improvement (CoI), that is, inter-organisational continuous improvement. One approach to CoI focuses on learning at a practical level, developing this knowledge into strategic and theoretical knowledge. We call this the bottom-up learning-bydoing approach. Another approach focuses on goal alignment and assessment to provide a foundation for improvement before actually improving. We call this the top-down directive approach. Yet another approach focuses on shared goals/vision and meeting on equal terms, and joint work in a non-directive matter. This is the laissez-faire approach. The different approaches influence the collaborative improvement results achieved, and how and why they do so is the question addressed this article.
    Original languageUndefined
    Title of host publicationContinuous Innovation: Strategic Priorities for the Global Knowledge Economy. Proceedings (CD-ROM) of the 5th CINet conference, 22-25 September 2004, Sydney, Australia
    Place of PublicationAustralia
    PublisherCausal Productions
    Number of pages13
    ISBN (Print)1-74108-069-X
    Publication statusPublished - 2004
    Event5th International CINet Conference 2004: Continuous Innovation: Strategic Priorities for the Global Knowledge Economy - Sydney, Australia, Sydney, Australia
    Duration: 22 Sep 200425 Sep 2004
    Conference number: 5

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    PublisherCausal Productions


    Conference5th International CINet Conference 2004
    Other22-25 September 2004
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    • METIS-222946
    • IR-49933

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