Realising the potential of traceability : a case study research on usage and impacts of product traceability

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dc.contributor Aalto-yliopisto fi
dc.contributor Aalto University en Töyrylä, Ilkka 2012-02-13T13:12:55Z 2012-02-13T13:12:55Z 1999-03-26
dc.identifier.isbn 951-22-7808-1
dc.identifier.issn 1238-9803
dc.description.abstract This thesis studies the use and impacts of product traceability in business enterprises. Prior research in the field of traceability is scarce and fragmented. This study first draws together and explores the existing body of knowledge to identify the state of current understanding and the gaps that remain in it. Moreover, this study identifies the position of traceability as a discipline with respect to related subjects including product data management. Furthermore, it analyses the ability of these subjects to help to understand the problems in the field of traceability. Based on the gaps identified in the existing body of knowledge, the following research questions are raised: How is traceability data used in business enterprises? What are the impacts and benefits of using traceability data? What factors enable a business enterprise to fully realise the positive impacts of traceability data? The research questions are answered using the case-study methodology. The use of traceability is studied in nine different companies from automobile, food, electronics, pharmaceuticals and transportation industries. The case-study research begins with a description of the case-study companies as stand-alone entities, after which the cross-case analysis is conducted. The empirical study establishes a theoretical and a pragmatic framework for categorising the applications of traceability. Moreover, it identifies a multitude of ways of using traceability data in business enterprises. The results of analysing the impacts and benefits of traceability data point out the importance of traceability for business enterprises. A framework for categorising the impacts of using traceability data as well as a number of practical benefits resulting from the use of this data emerge. Finally, several factors in the organisational and technical setting contributing to the realisation of these benefits are identified. Altogether, this study establishes the foundations of comprehensively understanding the phenomenon of traceability. en
dc.format.extent 214
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Helsinki University of Technology en
dc.publisher Teknillinen korkeakoulu fi
dc.relation.ispartofseries Acta polytechnica Scandinavica. Ma, Mathematics, computing and management in engineering series en
dc.relation.ispartofseries 97 en
dc.subject.other Economics en
dc.title Realising the potential of traceability : a case study research on usage and impacts of product traceability en
dc.type G4 Monografiaväitöskirja fi
dc.description.version reviewed en
dc.contributor.department Department of Industrial Engineering and Management en
dc.contributor.department Tuotantotalouden osasto fi
dc.subject.keyword traceability en
dc.subject.keyword tracing en
dc.subject.keyword tracking en
dc.subject.keyword product identification en
dc.subject.keyword product data management en
dc.subject.keyword logistics en
dc.subject.keyword quality en
dc.subject.keyword case-study research en
dc.identifier.urn urn:nbn:fi:tkk-005437
dc.type.dcmitype text en
dc.type.ontasot Väitöskirja (monografia) fi
dc.type.ontasot Doctoral dissertation (monograph) en

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