Activity-based shop floor management - A concept to enhance flexibility

Barbara Tropschuh, Svenja Korder, Fabian Dillinger, Harald Bauer, Gunther Reinhart

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Volatile markets, an increasing shortage of skilled workers and individual customer requirements as well as the growing desire for a fulfilling work-life balance among employees are influencing the production environment. Flexibility and adaptability are possible key factors to enable companies to meet these challenges. A concept for an activity-based shop floor management has been developed to make work organization more flexible in the area of production. In this concept, first of all activity packages are defined and evaluated, for example with regard to their requirements. Furthermore, it is necessary to define competence levels into which the employees are clustered according to their abilities. Thus, a competence-oriented matching of activity packages and employees is possible. The employee can choose tasks from the pre-grouped activity packages. The result is a generally valid concept for flexible staff deployment planning, which is evaluated in the automotive industry. This concept allows a change from role-based to activity-based task assignment with gamified incentive system, whereby specialists can be deployed more efficiently according to their qualifications.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)259-268
Number of pages10
JournalProceedings of the Conference on Production Systems and Logistics
StatePublished - 2020
Event1st Conference on Production Systems and Logistics, CPSL 2020 - Stellenbosch, South Africa
Duration: 17 Mar 202020 Mar 2020


  • Flexibility
  • competence orientation
  • shop floor management
  • work organization


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