This thesis explorers the reasons for power shortage and the level of maintenance implementation in Iraqi power plants, furthermore, it examines the current organisational culture in Iraqi power plants, and its effect on maintenance implementation factors. Currently the active power plant units in Iraq are producing only 54% their designed capacity, which is in turn only supplying 50% of the countries’ demand. Therefore, to try and understand the reasons for this low level of efficiency, this research uses an exploratory sequential mixed method design, starting with semi-structured interviews (qualitative) with nine power plant managers or their representatives, followed by a questionnaire survey (quantitative), receiving 484 responses from the employees of those nine power plants. The reasons for power shortage in Iraq were identified, Furthermore, the level of maintenance implementation in the Iraqi power plants, was examined found to be at a medium level. In terms of organisational culture, not enough attention has been paid in the literature. This lack of research in the area of cultural effect on maintenance implementation was one of the main motivators for this study to answer the following question; to what extent do organizational culture profiles effect maintenance implementation factors in organisations. Structural equation modelling (SEM) technique was used to examine the relationship between organisational culture and maintenance implementation factors. Furthermore, based on the research findings, maintenance improvement framework was developed and detailed plans for implementation were formulated. The framework was built on the basis that improving organisational culture will improve the factors affecting maintenance and these factors will facilitate Total Productive Maintenance (TPM) implementation in Iraqi power plants.
|Publication status||Accepted/In press - Feb 2017|