Two views on Lean production: Alternative interpretations of the Toyota production system
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Lean has attracted a lot of attention, both in academia and in practice. However, there are many views about what Lean production actually is. One view focuses solely on using various tools to reduce waste, while an alternative view also focuses on changing an organization’s culture and developing employees. These two divergent views on Lean production represent the starting point of this paper, the purpose of which is to discuss the two different views and exemplify their practical implications. Four case studies were conducted and the results show that in practice there are two types of Lean: the more technical focused Scientific Management Lean (SM-Lean) and the more social-focused Human Lean (H-Lean). The primary difference between the two types is how they view employee development.
Lean production, employee development, Lean culture, sustainable improvements
Engineering and Technology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-100159OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-100159DiVA: diva2:660527