Lean Manufacturing / Production


The concept explains Lean manufacturing theory and techniques for its implementation. It reviews success factors and practical case evidence of organisations using this strategic approach.

Technique Overview

Lean Manufacturing / Production Definition

Lean manufacturing (production) is a business philosophy, a strategic tool and a process improvement programme employed to drive organisations towards cost reduction, strategic positioning for advantage, improved quality and profitability. Dirgo (2006) describes lean production as a way of doing more and more with less and less by eliminating waste and improving quality (Dirgo, 2006).

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  • Ahlström, P. (1999) Sequences in the Implementation of Lean Production. European Management Journal, Vol.16 (3), pp. 327-334.
  • Deaves, M. (2002) Big Cat Habitat (Factory Redevelopment). Manufacturing Engineer, Vol. 81(2), pp. 92-94.
  • Dirgo, R. (2006) Look Forward Beyond Lean and Six Sigma: A Self-Perpetuating Enterprise Improvement Method. J Ross Publishing.
  • Dutrnit, G. and Vera-Cruz, A.O. (2007) Triggers of the Technological Capability Accumulation in MNCs' Subsidiaries: The Maquilas in Mexico. International Journal of Technology and Globalisation, Vol. 3(2/3), pp. 315-336.

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