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Journal of Industrial Engineering
Volume 2014, Article ID 513190, 27 pages
Research Article

Theoretical Foundations of Efficiently Organizing Production Processes: Using the Example of Combining Organizational Forms of Component Manufacture and Internal Transport

1Institute of Production Management, University of Rostock, Ulmenstraße 69, 18057 Rostock, Germany
2Departmental Branch Federal Police, Federal University of Applied Administrative Sciences, Ratzeburger Landstraße 4, 23562 Lübeck, Germany

Received 6 February 2014; Revised 3 September 2014; Accepted 16 September 2014; Published 22 October 2014

Academic Editor: Yoonho Seo

Copyright © 2014 Anne-Katrin Schroeder et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


This paper examines the problem of efficient production processes organization down to subprocesses levels. Subtasks of production within subprocesses necessitate a specific set of requirements for production organization. Through particular features and their respective characteristics, these requirements are further systemized and described as process types. The main manufacturing process “component manufacture” and its connected production support service “internal transport” have been chosen as examples to show relevant organizational principles and forms. From this baseline and together with a decision algorithm, selected organizational options and a combination thereof shall lead to theoretically optimized solutions which meet all predefined requirements. A multilevel organizational alignment model lays out interdependencies of combined process type-oriented organizational forms. Methods of comparative organizational profile analysis in support of reengineering approaches are systemized and further developed towards resulting organizational adaptations.