This paper presents the results of a study jointly conducted by the Finnish shipyards in 1992–93. The study surveyed the possibilities of applying group work at the zonal outfitting of ships. Six zones of two sister ships, multipurpose icebreakers, were outfitted using both conventional and work group technology. The study revealed that there is a great potential to shorten the throughput time and increase productivity. When multiskilled independent work groups are implemented correctly, a decrease of 50% in throughput time and an increase of 20% in productivity can be expected. Synchronization and management problems can also be decreased

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