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

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abstract 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.
   
type journal paper
   
keywords Lean Production; Case Study; Best Management Practices
   
language English
kind of paper journal article
date of appearance 23-1-2009
journal Business Horizons
publisher Elsiver
volume of journal 52
page(s) 79-88
review blind review
   
citation Scherrer-Rathje, M., Boyle, T. A., & Deflorin, P. (2009). Lean Take Two! Reflection from the second attempt at lean implementation. Business Horizons, 52, 79-88.