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Adapting the SHEL model in investigating industrial maintenance

Metso, Lasse, Marttonen, Salla, Thenent, Nils E. and Newnes, Linda B. (2016) Adapting the SHEL model in investigating industrial maintenance. Journal of Quality in Maintenance Engineering, 22 (1). pp. 62-80.

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Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to identify and categorize problems in knowledge management of industrial maintenance, and support successful maintenance through adapting the SHEL model. The SHEL model has been used widely in airplane accident investigations and in aviation maintenance, but not in industrial maintenance.

Design/methodology/approach – The data was collected by two separate surveys with open-ended questions from maintenance customers and service providers in Finland. The collected data was coded according to SHEL model -derived themes and analysed thematically with NVivo.

Findings – The authors found that the adapted SHELO model works well in the industrial maintenance context. The results show that the most important knowledge management problems in the area are caused by interactions between Liveware and Software (information unavailability), Liveware and Liveware (information sharing), Liveware and Organisation (communication), and Software and Software (information integrity).

Research limitations/implications – The data was collected only from Finnish companies and from the perspective of knowledge management. In practice there are also other kinds of issues in industrial maintenance. This can be a topic for future research.

Practical implications – The paper presents a new systematic method to analyse and sort knowledge management problems in industrial maintenance. Both maintenance service customers and suppliers can improve their maintenance processes by using the dimensions of the SHELO model.

Originality/value – The SHEL model has not been used in industrial maintenance before. In addition, the new SHELO model takes also interactions without direct human influence into account. Previous research has listed conditions for successful maintenance extensively, but this kind of prioritization tools are needed to support decision making in practice.

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Depositing User: Salla Marttonen-Arola


Item ID: 10292

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Date Deposited: 21 Jan 2019 10:06
Last Modified: 20 May 2019 11:48


Author: Salla Marttonen ORCID iD
Author: Lasse Metso
Author: Nils E. Thenent
Author: Linda B. Newnes

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