Kerstin Johansen

Senior Associate Professor


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Working more collaboratively with robots or exchanging materials in products and thus identifying which production system and / or production technology is most suitable are new opportunities that companies today face.

Kerstin's research focuses on how to increase the degree of automation in a flexible way and industrially beneficial. New opportunities to collaborate safely between humans and robots in collaborative tasks and new production technologies impose new requirements on how, as a production technician, you interact with a product development process. The goal of the research is to bridge the gap between academic research and industrial benefit, through collaboration linked to automation, production development and industrialization with the aim of jointly developing knowledge that contributes to future competitiveness.


Kerstin Johansen holds a PhD in Assembly Technology from Linköping University, a Master of Science in Engineering Physics from Uppsala University and a docenture in Integrated Product and Production Development from Linköping University. Kerstin has more than 10 years of industrial experience.

Kerstin has had assignments in both education and administration as well as management and research; and is part of both national and European networks focusing on collaboration for industrial benefit. In 2019 Kerstin became Senior Associate Professor of Product and Production Development at Jönköping University and thus research leader of the Production Development Group.

The Production Development Group aiming to create knowledge about the development of production systems of the future. The focus is on the entire chain from production strategy to implementation of production systems and its production technology solutions. Crucial knowledge for managing the industrial requirements includes production preparation, adaptability, reconfigurability, automation, and the ability to use the increased amount of available digital information.


Gopinath, V., Johansen, K., Derelöv, M., Gustafsson, Å., Axelsson, S. (2021). Safe collaborative assembly on a continuously moving line with large industrial robots Robotics and Computer-Integrated Manufacturing, 67.
Johansen, K. (2020). Challenges for manufacturers when customers are locked down - Is it possible to be prepared? Journal of Applied Economics and Business Research, 10(2), 54-58.
Henriksson, F., Johansen, K. (2018). Integrated Product and Production Research on Introducing Internet of Things in Swedish Wood Industry Products Procedia Manufacturing, 25, 10-16.
Grahn, S., Gopinath, V., Wang, Xi, V., Johansen, K. (2018). Exploring a Model for Production System Design to Utilize Large Robots in Human-Robot Collaborative Assembly Cells Procedia Manufacturing, 25, 612-619.
Gopinath, V., Johansen, K., Gustafsson, A., Axelsson, S. (2018). Collaborative Assembly on a Continuously Moving Line - An Automotive Case Study Procedia Manufacturing, 17, 985-992.
Gopinath, V., Johansen, K., Derelöv, M. (2018). Demonstrators to support research in Industrial safety - A Methodology Procedia Manufacturing, 17, 246-253.
Gopinath, V., Ore, F., Grahn, S., Johansen, K. (2018). Safety-Focussed Design of Collaborative Assembly Station with Large Industrial Robots Procedia Manufacturing, 25, 503-510.
Poot, L., Johansen, K., Gopinath, V. (2018). Supporting risk assessment of human-robot collaborative production layouts: A proposed design automation framework Procedia Manufacturing, 25, 543-548.
Fredriksson, A., Malm, A., Johansen, K. (2016). What are the differences between related offset and outsourcing?: A case study of a related offset business at Saab International Journal of Technology Transfer and Commercialisation, 14(2), 132-149.
Malm, A., Fredriksson, A., Johansen, K. (2016). Bridging capability gaps in technology transfers within related offsets Journal of Manufacturing Technology Management, 27(5), 640-661.
Johansen, K., Comstock, M., Winroth, M. (2005). Coordination in Collaborative Manufacturing Mega-Networks: A Case Study Journal of engineering and technology management, 22(3), 226-244.
Johansen, K., Comstock, M., Winroth, M. (2004). From Mass Production to Mass Customization: Enabling perspectives from the Swedish mobile telephone industry Production planning & control (Print), 15(4), 362-372.

Article, review/survey

Book chapter

Gopinath, V., Johansen, K., Andersson (Ölvander), J. (2018). Risk Assessment for Collaborative Operation: A Case Study on Hand-Guided Industrial Robots. In: Valentina Svalova (Ed.), Risk Assessment
Grahn, S., Johansen, K., Eriksson, Y. (2017). Safety Assessment Strategy for Collaborative Robot Installations. In: Hüseyin Canbolat (Ed.), Robots Operating in Hazardous Environments
Malm, A., Johansen, K. (2013). Exchange of tacit knowledge within advanced production with small batch sizes. In: Daniel J. Svyantek and Kevin Mahoney (Ed.), Received wisdom, kernels of truth, and boundary conditions in organizational studies

Conference paper

Henriksson, F., Johansen, K., Wilhelmsson, M. (2018). University as a Laboratory: Exploring how engineering education can support industrial needs. NordDesign, Linköping, Sweden, August 14-17, 2018..
Gopinath, V., Ore, F., Johansen, K. (2017). Safe Assembly Cell Layout through Risk Assessment: An Application with Hand Guided Industrial Robot. Manufacturing Systems 4.0 – Proceedings of the 50th CIRP Conference on Manufacturing Systems.
Björnsson, A., Jonsson, M., Lindbäck, J., Åkermo, M., Johansen, K. (2016). Robot-Forming of Prepreg Stacks ‐ Development of Equipment and Methods. ECCM17 - 17th European Conference on Composite Materials 26-30th June 2016, Munich, Germany.
Henriksson, F., Johansen, K., Wever, R., Berry, P. (2016). Student-developed laboratory exercises - An approach to cross-disciplinary peer education. NordDesign 2016 - Highlighting the Nordic approach, Trondheim, Norway, August 10-12, 2016.
Henriksson, F., Johansen, K. (2016). An outlook on multi material body solutions in the automotive industry – possibilities and manufacturing challenges. Detroit (MI), USA: Society of Automotive Engineers, SAE 2016 World Congress and Exhibition.
Henriksson, F., Johansen, K. (2016). Including Student Case Projects in Integrated Product and Production Development Research – Methodology Description and Discussion. 7th Swedish Production Symposium, SPS, Lund, October 25-27, 2016.
Grahn, S., Langbeck, B., Johansen, K., Backman, B. (2016). Potential advantages using large anthropomorphic robots in human-robot collaborative, hand guided assembly. 6th CIRP Conference on Assembly Technologies and Systems (CATS).
Gopinath, V., Johansen, K. (2016). Risk Assessment Process for Collaborative Assembly - A Job Safety Analysis Approach. 6th CIRP Conference on Assembly Technologies and Systems (CATS).
Henriksson, F., Johansen, K. (2016). On Material Substitution in Automotive BIWs – From Steel to Aluminum Body Sides. 26th CIRP Design Conference.
Olsen, R., Johansen, K., Engström, M. (2015). On Safety Solutions in an Assembly HMI-Cell. Warrendale, PA, USA: SAE International, SAE 2015 AeroTech Congress & Exhibition, Seattle, USA, September 22-24, 2015.
Björnsson, A., Jonsson, M., Johansen, K. (2015). Automation of Composite Manufacturing Using Off-the-shelf Solutions, Three Cases from the Aerospace Industry. ICCM20 - The 20th International Conference on Composite Materials, 19-24th July 2015, Copenhagen Denmark.
Henriksson, F., Johansen, K. (2015). Product development in the Swedish Automotive industry: Can design tools be viewed as decision support systems?. The 23rd International Conference on Production Research (ICPR 2015), Manila, Philippines, 2-5 August 2015.
Gopinath, V., Johansen, K., Gustafsson, Å. (2014). Design Criteria For A Conceptual End Effector For Physical Human Robot Production Cell. Clarion Hotel Post, Göteborg, Sweden The 6th Swedish Production Symposium Clarion Hotel Post Sep 16-18, Gothenburg.
Henriksson, F., Johansen, K. (2014). Towards Applying The Boothroyd, Dewhurst and Knight Methodology for Cost Estimation on Fibre Composite Manufacturing - A Theoretical Approach. Gothenburg The 6th International Swedish Production Symposium 2014, September 16-18, Gothenburg, Sweden.
Björnsson, A., Johansen, K., Thuswaldner, M. (2014). Automated Composite Manufacturing Using Off-the-shelf Automation Equipment – A Case from the Space Industry. 16th European Conference on Composite Materials (ECCM16), June 22-26, 2014, Seville, Spain.
Johansen, K., Öhrwall Rönnbäck, A. (2014). Flexible Automation as a Competitive Business for Manufacturing SMEs. The Swedish Production Symposium.
Björnsson, A., Johansen, K., Alexandersson, D. (2013). Three-Dimensional Ultrasonic Cutting of RTM-Preforms – A Part of a High Volume Production System. 19th International Conference on Composite Materials (ICCM19), July 28 - August 2, 2013, Montréal, Canada.
Björnsson, A., Lindbäck, J., Johansen, K. (2013). Automated Removal of Prepreg Backing Paper - A Sticky Problem. SAE 2013 Aerotech Congress and Exhibition, September 24-26, 2013, Montréal, Quebec, Canada.
Olsen, R., Johansen, K. (2013). Assembly cell concept for human and robot in cooperation. 22nd International Conference on Production Research (ICPR 22), July 28 – August 1, 2013, Iguassu Falls, Brazil.
Lindbäck, J., Björnsson, A., Johansen, K. (2012). New Automated Composite Manufacturing Process:: Is it possible to find a cost effective manufacturing method with the use of robotic equipment?. The 5th International Swedish Production Symposium 6th-8th of November 2012 Linköping, Sweden.
Björnsson, A., Johansen, K. (2012). Composite Manufacturing: How Improvement Work Might Lead to Renewed Product Validation. 5th International Swedish Production Symposium (SPS 2012), 6-8 November 2012, Linköping, Sweden.
Olsen, R., Johansen, K., Jonsson, M. (2012). Flexible automation in the printing industry. 5th International Swedish Production Symposium, 6-8 November 2012, Linköping, Sweden.
Malm, A., Björkman, M., Johansen, K., Fredriksson, A., Rudlund, M. (2012). Production Start-up Phase: A Comparison between New Product Development and Production Relocation. 5th Swedish Production Symposium (SPS 2012), 6-8 November 2012, Linköping, Sweden.
Malm, A., Björkman, M., Johansen, K. (2011). Cross-cultural communication challenges within international transfer of aircraft production. 15th International Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work in Design (CSCWD 2011), 8-9 June 2011, Lausanne, Switzerland.
Diffner, B., Björkman, M., Johansen, K. (2011). Successful Automotive Platform Strategy – Key Factors. The 4th International Swedish Production Symposium 3rd – 5th of May 2011, Lund, Sweden.
Diffner, B., Björkman, M., Johansen, K. (2011). Manufacturing Challenges Associated With the introduction of New Powertrain Vehicles. The 21st International Conference on Production Research 31st of July - 4th of August 2011, Stuttgart, Germany.
Diffner, B., Björkman, M., Johansen, K. (2011). To stay competitive in future automotive assembly – Some challenges related to flexibility. The 2nd International Conference on Industrial Engineering and Operations Management (IEOM 2012) 22nd – 24th of January 2011, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Malm, A., Björkman, M., Johansen, K. (2011). International transfer of aircraft production: Problems and effects due to cultural differences. 4th Swedish Production Symposium (SPS11), 3-5 May 2011, Lund, Sweden.
Johansen, K., Lahdo, G., Elo, K. (2010). Furniture Manufacturing: Aspects on Assembling Chairs with a Two-Armed Robot. Trondheim. Norway: Tapir Akademisk Forlag, CATS 2010 - 3rd CIRP Conference On Assembly Technology Systems, Trondheim Norway, 1-3 June 2010.
Johansen, K., Öhrwall Rönnbäck, A. (2008). Serving Customers Together: Support for Interorganisational Product Realisation in SMEs. Stockholm, Sweden: KTH, Swedish Production Symposium 2008, Stockholm, Sweden, Nov 19-20 2008.
Johansen, K., Ajkunic, A., Elik, C., Jina, K., Nyberg, J., Sarajlic, R., Lundquist, A. (2007). Assembly simulation in practice - An illustrative learning case. The Swedish production symposium, 2007.
Johansen, K., Björklund, S. (2003). Product realization through concurrent engineering within extended enterprises: A case study. 10th ISPE International Conference on Concurrent Engineering: Research and Applications, July 26-30, Madeira, Portugal.
Johansen, K., Björkman, M. (2003). Conflicting goals in Concurrent Engineering: Case Studies from Product Introduction within Extended Enterprises. 10th ISPE International Conference on Concurrent Engineering: Research and Applications, July 26-30, Madeira, Portugal.
Johansen, K., Björklund, S. (2003). Methods for cooperative product development in extended enterprises. Euroma/POMS Conference, June 16-18, Como, Italy.
Johansen, K., Winroth, M. (2003). Localization of Manufacturing: A Systematic Framework. “One World? One view of OM? The Challenges of Integrating Research and Practice”.
Johansen, K., Björkman, M. (2002). Product introduction within extended enterprises. IEEE Internationa Symposium on Consumer Electronics (ISCS'02), 24-26 September 2002. Ilmenau, Germany.
Comstock, M., Johansen, K. (2001). Towards the mass customization of mobile telephones: current strategy and scenarios for realization at Ericsson. The 16th International Conference on Production Research, 29 July - 3 August, Prague, Czech Republic.
Johansen, K., Winroth, M., Björkman, M. (2001). An Economical Analysis on A Strategic Investment in an Assembly Line: Case Study at Ericsson Mobile Communications AB. 16th International Conference on Production Research, ICPR - 16, July 29. -August 3..

Doctoral thesis

Johansen, K. (2005). Collaborative Product Introduction within Extended Enterprises (Doctoral thesis). Institutionen för konstruktions- och produktionsteknik

Licentiate thesis

Johansen, K. (2002). Product introduction within extended enterprises : description and conditions (Licentiate thesis, Linköping: Linköpings universitet).

Other publications


Tangen, S., Grünberg, T., Johansson, B., Nordell, P., Johansen, K. (2004). Produktiviteten i fokus. Linköping: Linköpings universitet
Comstock, M., Johansen, K., Kihlman, H., Sundin, E., Winroth, M. (2002). Project Course within Assembly-NET. Linköping: Linköpings universitet
Grünberg, T., Johansen, K., Johansson, B., Nordell, P., Tangen, S. (2002). Productivity improvement work at ABB Robotics, Västerås. Linköping: Linköpings universitet
Sundin, E., Kihlman, H., Johansen, K. (2001). Trends & Frontiers at BT Products, Mjölby, Sweden: The Orion Project. Linköping: Linköpings universitet