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Creating and Sustaining a Maintenance Strategy: A Practical Guide

Robson, Kenneth, Trimble, Robert and MacIntyre, John (2013) Creating and Sustaining a Maintenance Strategy: A Practical Guide. Journal of Business Administration Research, 2 (1). ISSN 1927-9507

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Manufacturing companies should create maintenance strategy and link it to the manufacturing and business goals but recent research in the North East of England suggested that few companies do this. It is unclear why this inertia existed but it could have been due to the complexity and variety of the advice on offer in relation to the formulation and implementation of strategy. The purpose of this paper was to provide a simple generic guide or roadmap for practitioners to follow. It began by highlighting the importance and benefits of a maintenance strategy and then considered literature appropriate to the topic. A key point arising from this review was that the three elements; process, content, context, need to be considered over the lifecycle of a strategy. Moreover, most strategic models converged to simple sequential models affording a generic functional process to be developed. This involved the integration of the “corporate hard systems” model and the “Plan, do, check, act, cycle“, forming a suitable maintenance strategy process. Accordingly, further guidance on policy assured the right “content”. The paper concluded with a short questionnaire used to audit the effect of “contextual factors” on maintenance strategy. The result was a comprehensive guide on how to formulate and implement maintenance strategy.

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Depositing User: Glenda Young


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Date Deposited: 25 Apr 2013 13:30
Last Modified: 18 Dec 2019 15:35


Author: Kenneth Robson ORCID iD
Author: Robert Trimble
Author: John MacIntyre

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Faculty of Technology > School of Computer Science
Faculty of Technology > School of Engineering


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