Publication type: Article in scientific journal
Type of review: Peer review (publication)
Title: Challenges in the transformation to lean production from different manufacturing-process choices : a path-dependent perspective
Authors: Deflorin, Patricia
Scherrer-Rathje, Maike
DOI: 10.1080/00207543.2011.613862
Published in: International Journal of Production Research
Volume(Issue): 50
Issue: 14
Pages: 3956
Pages to: 3973
Issue Date: 2011
Publisher / Ed. Institution: Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 0020-7543
Language: English
Subjects: Challenge; Transformation; Path-dependent; Perspective
Subject (DDC): 658.5: Production management
Abstract: The implementation of lean production remains popular among industrial companies, and the requirement for individualised steps in its implementation is widely accepted; however, research has not yet considered the different process choices available to the companies. The conclusions drawn from the automotive industry's mass production environment may be misleading, given the different conditions of many other industries. We therefore compare case data from a craft producer with the rich, case-study based literature of mass producer companies that highlight the transformation from mass to lean production. We derive a list of specific challenges a craft producer must approach using a different strategy than a mass producer. This study adds to the lean production theory by demonstrating how different manufacturing process choices influence the lean transformation process and its successful implementation. It provides specific propositions concerning the transformation to lean by considering the different processes of craft and mass production companies. Furthermore, the case study gives an in-depth understanding of the challenges a craft-oriented company faces when becoming lean.
Fulltext version: Published version
License (according to publishing contract): Licence according to publishing contract
Departement: School of Management and Law
Organisational Unit: Institute for Organizational Viability (IOV)
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