Complex Domains Call for Automation but Automation Requires More Knowledge and Learning: A Paradox in Manufacturing and Offshore Oil and Gas Production

Erik Skov Madsen, Lars Lindegaard Mikkelsen

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Abstract

This paper discusses productivity in relation to tacit knowledge and domain complexity. The study is based on five very different case studies; three studies are conducted in Denmark, Mexico, and the Czech Republic in relation to knowledge transfer when relocating manufacturing facilities. Two studies investigate operation and automation of oil and gas production in the North Sea. Semi-structured interviews, surveys, and observations are the main methods used. The paper provides a novel conceptual framework around which management may generate discussions about productivity and the need for learning programs when considering changes in the complexity of a domain.
Original languageEnglish
Publication date1. Jul 2012
Number of pages10
Publication statusPublished - 1. Jul 2012
Event4th World Conference on Production & Operations Management / 19th International Annual EurOMA Conference Amsterdam: Serving the World - University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Duration: 1. Jul 20125. Jul 2012
Conference number: 4

Conference

Conference4th World Conference on Production & Operations Management / 19th International Annual EurOMA Conference Amsterdam
Number4
LocationUniversity of Amsterdam
CountryNetherlands
CityAmsterdam
Period01/07/201205/07/2012

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Keywords

  • Domain complexity
  • Tacit knowledge
  • Productivity
  • Learning

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Madsen, E. S., & Mikkelsen, L. L. (2012). Complex Domains Call for Automation but Automation Requires More Knowledge and Learning: A Paradox in Manufacturing and Offshore Oil and Gas Production. Paper presented at 4th World Conference on Production & Operations Management / 19th International Annual EurOMA Conference Amsterdam, Amsterdam, Netherlands.