We use a mode II approach with transdisciplinary teams. Researchers in the Timber Structures group have different theoretical backgrounds and research is performed with stakeholders as co-producing partners. A mode II working mode provides analyses of methods and suggestions of practices for industry improvements and theory constructs based on empirical investigations. This research capability is based on more than 15 years R&D program management, e.g. the VINNOVA excellence center LWE.
Stakeholders represent the suppliers - contractors, consultants and material suppliers (often suppliers of multi dwelling timber houses), clients and facility managers, municipalities and trade-organizations and international and national academic partners.
The key terms describing our research profile is integration of and advances within:
- Timber Engineering: Structural systems, Connection design, Composite structures
- Construction management: Industrialized building, Supply chain management, Design management, Process optimisation
- Production management: Production systems, Platform use and development
Swedish suppliers drive the development of industrialized construction to achieve higher predictability in products (e.g. houses), delivery time, and quality through recurring processes and solutions and continuous experience feedback. Industrialized construction is a systems approach that requires integration in the whole building value chain. These changes have led to the formation of so called product and process platforms.