Publication type: Article in scientific journal
Type of review: Peer review (publication)
Title: Lean, take two! : reflections from the second attempt at lean implementation
Authors: Scherrer-Rathje, Maike
Boyle, Todd A.
Deflorin, Patricia
DOI: 10.1016/j.bushor.2008.08.004
Published in: Business Horizons
Volume(Issue): 52
Issue: 1
Pages: 79
Pages to: 88
Issue Date: 2009
Publisher / Ed. Institution: Elsevier
ISSN: 1873-6068
0007-6813
Language: English
Subjects: Best management; Case study; Lean production; Practices
Subject (DDC): 658.4: Executive Management
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. Implementing lean, however, 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 is viewed as a success. Examining these projects in detail, the major criteria and conditions that led to either lean failure or lean success are identified. Based on these conditions, we highlight a number of lessons learned, all of which may help other organizations ensure the success of their own lean implementation and improvement efforts.
URI: https://digitalcollection.zhaw.ch/handle/11475/9096
Fulltext version: Published version
License (according to publishing contract): Licence according to publishing contract
Departement: School of Management and Law
Appears in collections:Publikationen School of Management and Law

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