Digital Visual Planning: A Case Study of the Project Smart Factories

Examensarbete för masterexamen
Master Thesis
Learning and leadership (MPLOL), MSc
Torinsson, Daniel
Andersson, Daniel
Visual planning has become a useful tool in projects in order to increase communication, highlight issues and organize activities. The amount of ways to communicate through different sources has almost eliminated the earlier communication problems and questions like "how should we communicate?". All the available communication tools have made it easier to share information and communicate despite physical distances. So the question nowadays is not really how the information should be shared, instead we have to ask ourselves which information we should share. In order to solve problems people need to communicate and share information with each other. Too much information can be overwhelming which makes it important to prioritize which information should be shared in order to make the communication as efficient as possible. The purpose of this thesis was to study how well Digital visual planning works in a project, by doing a case study. The case study was conducted on the project Smart Factories, which goal was to build two demonstrators (small factories). The project includes a group of other researchers from Chalmers University of Technology where all of them are using the same digital planning tool. This group of researchers was the unit of analysis for this case study. Data from the case study was collected by observations and interviews. In addition, three independent companies were used as reference companies with the purpose to improve the action research. Three already known weaknesses with Physical visual planning were investigated, and Digital visual planning proves to remedy all of these. However, this study shows that with the transition from a physical to a digital tool, a new weakness will emerge. The study also shows that the prerequisites for implementing Physical visual planning (which are known from previous studies) are not the same as the prerequisites for implementing Digital visual planning. Instead, some prerequisites are confirmed, one is removed, yet another one is added and a third is considered plausible.
Medie- och kommunikationsvetenskap , Kommunikationsvetenskap , Systemvetenskap, informationssystem och informatik med samhällsvetenskaplig inriktning , Media and Communications , Communication Studies , Information Systems, Social aspects
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