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Researching Lean: Methodological implications of loose definitions
Kungliga tekniska högskolan, Stockholm.
Linköping University, HELIX Vinn Excellence Centre. Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Quality Technology and Management. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-9155-189X
Luleå tekniska universitet.
Linköping University, Department of Behavioural Sciences and Learning, Work and Working Life. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
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2012 (English)In: Quality Innovation Prosperity, ISSN 1335-1745, Vol. 16, no 2, 35-48 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Recently, Lean Production (Lean) has become a prevailing management concept in Sweden. However, previous research seems to show that the Lean concept and the impact of Lean vary considerably between organizations. This paper illustrates some key methodological issues that need to be considered when researching loosely defined management concepts such as Lean. The paper is based on a review of the literature and five comparative Swedish cases studies. Our study indicates that Lean has changed over time and that operationalization and interpretations of the concept vary considerably. This study concludes that future Lean studies should include a thorough assessment of the Lean interventions, study settings, and in particular non-Lean factors mediating the outcomes of Lean-inspired change programs.

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2012. Vol. 16, no 2, 35-48 p.
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Validity, mediating factors, contextual factors, Lean impact, study design
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-88748DOI: 10.12776/qip.v16i2.67OAI: diva2:606040
Available from: 2013-02-18 Created: 2013-02-18 Last updated: 2015-02-05

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