|dc.description.abstract||This thesis is a result of my PhD study at Molde University College, Norway. I started my study
in June 2004, and this thesis is written in the period up until November 2008. The main
supervisor for the thesis is Professor Øyvind Halskau, Molde University College, Norway.
At the moment I am a Chief Consultant at Logiteam Consulting AS in Bergen, Norway, and I
have a part time position as senior lecturer in logistics at the Royal Norwegian Naval Academy
in Bergen, Norway.
My PhD has been financed by the Royal Norwegian Naval Academy in Bergen, Norway where I
have been employed as a senior lecturer in logistics and head of the Logistics and Management
Department from May 2003 until September 2008, holding the rank of Commander Senior
The main subject of my thesis is system supportability with a special focus on spare parts and
life cycle cost based procurement decisions. The thesis contains four papers and a synthesis
presenting why and what to research, the theoretical foundation of the thesis as well as how to
research. The synthesis includes chapters on research design, validity and reliability, theoretical
framework and paper abstracts. The synthesis further reports on the main research conclusions.
Finally the synthesis gives the main research contribution along with self criticism and
suggestions for future research.
All four papers in the thesis have been published (or accepted for publishing) in peer reviewed
journals or peer reviewed conference proceedings or both.||nb_NO