The Use of the Sap System in the Aviation Industry: a Case Study of Mtu Aero Engines Poland

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THE USE OF THE SAP SYSTEM IN THE AVIATION INDUSTRY:
A CASE STUDY OF MTU AERO ENGINES POLAND

WITOLD MOTYKA

A Research Project Report submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the Degree of BSc (Hons) Logistics, School of Applied Sciences, The University of Huddersfield, 2011.

ABSTRACT

This study examines the actual situation of the aviation industry in Europe in terms of SAP system implementation.
Research was undertaken into the theory of the aviation industry, aviation logistics and importance of SAP system in the industry. There is no doubt that aviation logistics is very complex sophisticated. This study analyses the aviation supply chain and highlights the importance of SAP system in the industry. The research purpose of this study is to gain a deeper understanding of the SAP system implementation within the sector. For this reason the subject was investigated by studying past literature and previous research. Quantitative method of collecting data was chosen and questionnaires and interview were also prepared. Findings are based on questionnaire survey which was sent to experienced professionals working in aviation industry and who have used SAP system in practice. The outcome of this study will be: providing useful information for professional working in logistics in aviation industry. Research conducted by the author has found out that, over 60 % of people consider improved efficiency due to SAP implementation. Nearly ¼ of asked people consider cost reduction as a big outcome of implementation. According to research, nearly 70% of people consider SAP as an important element of the industry. This Project Report proves that after SAP system implementation quality of logistics has improved. Over 80% of asked people consider that logistics quality has increased due to implementation. This study proves that European aviation industries are shaping up quite well despite the economic downturn. Further research in this area might be helpful, for instance: compare with other industries were SAP system is in use or studying the industry in depth.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

It has taken a long time to finish this project research. It has been a challenging journey. Through the research and the writing process, I have learnt a lot of things from all of the modules of Logistics at University of Huddersfield have been also very helpful to this research. First of all, this Project Report was created not only based on the author’s input but also because of the commitment and support of several people who contributed to my thesis and many events that influenced my work during the last few months. Therefore, I would like to sincerely thank them for their contribution to my research. I am grateful to my supervisor, Ms Christine Corns. Her competence both in the area of construction projects and academic research were extremely helpful for me. Her valuable and precise feedback combined with strong support and encouragement guided me throughout the process of thesis writing and contributed significantly to its success. Many times her inputs helped me to focus the topic and increase the quality of final report. Special thanks are also given to Prof. Colin Bamford who also gave me much support in writing process and many academic problems. Moreover, he has given me much energy and good spirit without this writing seems to be impossible. Many thanks to the people who participated in the research and found time in their busy schedules to complete my questionnaire. Their commitment and quick responses contributed to the research development and made it possible within the time frame provided.

With the support of these people this Research Project has been successfully completed.

Thank you all

CONTENTS

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1INTRODUCTION8

1.1 Background8

1.2 Hypothesis9

1.3 General aim...
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