The sustainable utilization of human resources in global product development

Zaza Nadja Lee Hansen, Lauge Baungaard Rasmussen, Mette Sanne Hansen, Saeema Ahmed-Kristensen, Peter Jacobsen

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    This empirical paper investigates the challenges global product development faces in regard to a sustainable utilization of resources through case studies and interviews in six Danish multinational corporations. Findings revealed 3 key challenges, which relates to increased rework in product development and production, overlapping work and a lack of utilization of knowledge and information at the supplier or subsidiary. The authors suggest the use of strategic simulation in order to gain greater transparency in the global network and thus utilize resources better. Strategic simulation is the combination of numerical and narrative simulation and can be used as a tool to support strategic decisions regarding different scenarios. The use of this method promotes an ongoing iterative process to constantly clarify points of uncertainty and enhance adaptability in order to promote a sustainable process.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings for APMS conference
    Publication date2010
    Publication statusPublished - 2010
    EventInternational Conference on Advances in Production Management Systems: Competitive and Sustainable Manufacturing, Products and Services - Cernobbio, COMO, Italy
    Duration: 11 Oct 201013 Oct 2010


    ConferenceInternational Conference on Advances in Production Management Systems
    CityCernobbio, COMO

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    APMS conference, 11-13 October 2010

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