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Improving Production Ramp-Up through Human Resource Methods

Summary: [This abstract is based on the authors' abstract.] This article provides an overview of selected human resource (HR) methods that have implications for the management of ramp-up phases. Based on the specific challenges within production ramp-up, the following six HR methods and corresponding instruments are outlined: knowledge management, competency modeling, reward systems, leadership development, employee selection, and team development. Each method is briefly described and suggestions within the context of ramp-up management are provided. This overview supports ramp-up managers’ selection of HR methods that have the higher goal of improving ramp-up performance. However, the practical implications of these HR methods are not clear, because empirical literature about the application of HR methods within the context of production ramp-up is limited. Further empirical research on the effects of specific HR methods on ramp-up performance, as well as detailed descriptions of the respective application and related expenses, are required to understand and evaluate their contribution.

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  • Topics: Human Resources
  • Keywords: Production, Manufacturing, Research, Reward systems, Teams, Employees
  • Author: Heine, Ina; Beaujean, Patrick; Schmitt, Robert;
  • Journal: Quality Management Journal