Decision Experiments in the Learning Factory: A Proof of Concept

6 Pages Posted: 1 Apr 2022

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Karoline Ströhlein

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

Paul M. Gorny

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Institute of Management

Magnus Kandler

wbk-Institute of Production Science, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

Louis Schäfer

wbk Institute of Production Science

Petra Nieken

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

Gisela Lanza

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

Date Written: April 1, 2022

Abstract

There are plenty of human-centred research questions in production science. So far, the focus of the analysis is skewed towards technical considerations. Decision experiments, however, provide a promising approach to gain insights from a human perspective by using learning factories as field-in-the lab environments. This article reports operative insights and qualitative results from a decision experiment in the learning factory. Participants assemble electronic servo motor components and are paid according to their productivity. The adjustment to the learning factory as a lab environment and modifications to production stations in the learning factory that allow for a rigorous data collection are described. Furthermore, as a proof of concept, this article states how
the setup was perceived by four participants that were sampled and interviewed in a technical pilot. Overall, participants stated a high level of satisfaction and engagement with the task and were not distracted by noise. Since other activities naturally take place in learning factories during experimental sessions, participants were asked about whether they felt observed by bystanders, which was confirmed to some extent. This article discusses remedies to these effects for future experiments. Finally, a list of essential questionnaire items that should be contained in decision experiments in learning factories in general is presented. Using these insights, decision experiments in learning factories can push the envelope in human-centred production science.

Keywords: Industry 4.0, Human-Centred Production Systems, Behavioural and Experimental Economics, Experimental Pilot

Suggested Citation

Ströhlein, Karoline and Gorny, Paul M. and Kandler, Magnus and Schäfer, Louis and Nieken, Petra and Lanza, Gisela, Decision Experiments in the Learning Factory: A Proof of Concept (April 1, 2022). Proceedings of the 12th Conference on Learning Factories (CLF 2022), Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4072356 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.4072356

Karoline Ströhlein (Contact Author)

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology ( email )

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Paul M. Gorny

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Institute of Management ( email )

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Karlsruhe, Baden Württemberg 76133
Germany

Magnus Kandler

wbk-Institute of Production Science, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology ( email )

Kaiserstraße 12
Karlsruhe, Baden Württemberg 76131
Germany

Louis Schäfer

wbk Institute of Production Science ( email )

Kaiserstraße 12
Karlsruhe, Baden Württemberg 76131
Germany

Petra Nieken

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology ( email )

Kaiserstraße 12
Karlsruhe, Baden Württemberg 76131
Germany

Gisela Lanza

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology ( email )

Kaiserstraße 12
Karlsruhe, Baden Württemberg 76131
Germany

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