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The effect of information mobility on production quality
University of Skövde, The Virtual Systems Research Centre. University of Skövde, School of Engineering Science.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-8369-5471
University of Skövde, The Virtual Systems Research Centre. University of Skövde, School of Engineering Science.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-4596-3815
University of Skövde, The Virtual Systems Research Centre. University of Skövde, School of Engineering Science. Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, Loughborough University, Loughborough, United Kingdom.
2014 (English)In: International journal of computer integrated manufacturing (Print), ISSN 0951-192X, E-ISSN 1362-3052, Vol. 27, no 2, 120-128 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article investigates the use of a hand-held unit as an information source in manual assembly. Having a mobile information system, such as a Personal Digital Assistant (PDA), that can be brought at all times, as opposed to a stationary one, such as a computer terminal, is hypothesised to increase the information range and thus improves assembly performance. The increased information range is argued to be due to assembly workers employing a cost-benefit strategy, where the cost of gathering information is compared with the assumed benefit of it. This article reports empirical data comparing the use of a mobile information carrier with a traditional stationary computer, and results show that the use of a PDA significantly improves quality, whereas productivity does not significantly improve quality. © 2013 Copyright Taylor & Francis.

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Taylor & Francis, 2014. Vol. 27, no 2, 120-128 p.
Keyword [en]
cost-benefit, expectancy-value, information behaviour, information range, PDA
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Engineering and Technology
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Technology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:his:diva-8416DOI: 10.1080/0951192X.2013.800236ISI: 000327813700002ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84890121998OAI: oai:DiVA.org:his-8416DiVA: diva2:641265
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Correspondence Address: Thorvald, P.; Virtual Systems Research Centre, University of Skövde, Skövde, Swedenemail: peter.thorvald@his.se

Available from: 2013-08-16 Created: 2013-08-16 Last updated: 2016-02-22Bibliographically approved

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