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Identifying internal best practices and propagating standard work

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dc.contributor.advisor Brad Morrison and Daniel Whitney. en_US Gracewski, Travis E en_US
dc.contributor.other Leaders for Global Operations Program. en_US 2011-03-24T20:18:44Z 2011-03-24T20:18:44Z 2010 en_US 2010 en_US
dc.description Thesis (S.M.)--Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dept. of Mechanical Engineering; and, (M.B.A.)--Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Sloan School of Management; in conjunction with the Leaders for Global Operations Program at MIT, 2010. en_US
dc.description Cataloged from PDF version of thesis. en_US
dc.description Includes bibliographical references (p. 59-60). en_US
dc.description.abstract Standard work is commonly used in manufacturing and assembly operations to minimize process variation by providing detailed instruction to operators. Internal best practices are processes within the firm that achieve a more beneficial result when compared to alternative existing methods. Standard work is one approach to share best practices, and the challenge is in identifying their existence and effectively capturing the information in written documentation. Best practices are often tacit in nature, being difficult to codify and to put into writing. Effectively finding internal best practices and transferring them from tacit to explicit form as standard work is a desirable objective, improving knowledge transfer and operational efficiency within the company. There are techniques that can be applied to the standard work development process that increase the likelihood of successful best practice capture and organizational adoption. These techniques are developed and implemented through application at Sikorsky Aircraft, in creating and deploying a system of standard work titled, the "Assembly and Flight Operations Franchise Book." Major process steps in developing and sustaining standard work include an initial planning phase characterized by an upfront analysis, organizational structuring, and content framework development; and a sustaining phase characterized by a repeating cycle of best practice discovery, documentation, and sharing. en_US
dc.description.statementofresponsibility by Travis E. Gracewski. en_US
dc.format.extent 74 p. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Massachusetts Institute of Technology en_US
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dc.subject Mechanical Engineering. en_US
dc.subject Sloan School of Management. en_US
dc.subject Leaders for Global Operations Program. en_US
dc.title Identifying internal best practices and propagating standard work en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US M.B.A. en_US S.M. en_US
dc.contributor.department Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Mechanical Engineering. en_US
dc.contributor.department Sloan School of Management. en_US
dc.contributor.department Leaders for Global Operations Program. en_US
dc.identifier.oclc 705929203 en_US

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