As innovation is recognised as fundamental to succeed in advancing industries, being able to develop production by managing innovation is key. This involves balancing and channelling exploitation and exploration of knowledge into production innovations to evolve, continuously and sustainably.
My research currently focuses on production operator’s potential contributions to these production innovations. How are operators able and how will they be able to contribute to a larger capability to innovate? In this context it becomes important to also consider the digital transformation. The implementation of cyber-physical systems is suggested to bring great change upon operators and their future role in production. Thus, directly affecting their opportunity to contribute. How can we productively include their contributions and increase innovation capability, today and tomorrow?