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Lean Take Two! Reflection from the second attempt at lean implementation

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Kurzfassung It's not easy being lean. And for many companies, getting lean right the first time does not always happen. Lean is a management philosophy focused on identifying and eliminating waste throughout a product's entire value stream, extending not only within the organization but also along the company's supply chain network. Lean promises significant benefits in terms of waste reduction and increased organizational and supply chain communication and integration. However, implementing lean and achieving the levels of organizational commitment, employee autonomy, and information transparency needed to ensure its success is a daunting task. This article describes in detail two lean implementation projects within the same company; a global manufacturer of food processing machines and equipment. The first project was a failure, while the second one is viewed to be a success. Examining these projects in detail, the major criteria and conditions that led to lean success and failure are identified. Based on these conditions, a number of lessons learned are identified that may help other organizations ensure the success of their own lean implementation and improvement efforts.
   
Typ Artikel (wissenschaftliche Zeitschrift)
   
Schlagwörter (Tags) Lean Production; Case Study; Best Management Practices
   
Sprache Englisch
Art des Artikels Journal Artikel
Erscheinungsdatum 23-1-2009
Zeitschrift Business Horizons
Verlag Elsiver
Jahrgang bzw. Volume 52
Seite(n) 79-88
Review Blind Review
   
Zitation Scherrer-Rathje, Maike ; Boyle, Todd A. ; Deflorin, Patricia: Lean Take Two! Reflection from the second attempt at lean implementation. In: Business Horizons 52 (2009), S. 79-88.