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Lean supply chains, JIT and cellular manufacturing - the human side

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Abstract


  • Lean manufacturing has been widely adopted by many production companies. Apart from the

    operational difficulty associated with conversion from a traditional, functional based operation,

    adoption of Lean manufacturing involves significant organizational transformations. It requires

    formation of work teams, comprised of multi-skilled workers. The work teams are preferably self

    directed and need to continuously improve performance and production processes. Such changes

    can be challenging for organizations.

    This paper reviews studies of human related and organizational factors in the context of Lean

    manufacturing, and identifies gaps in research in this area. The paper presents the principles of

    lean manufacturing, the organizational shifts required, and presents studies relevant to each of

    these shifts. The paper concludes with implications for practitioners and suggestions for further

    studies.

Publication Date


  • 2008

Citation


  • Alony, I. & Jones, M. L. (2008). Lean supply chains, JIT and cellular manufacturing - the human side. Issues in Informing Science and Information Technology, 5 (2008), 165-175.

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  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1500&context=commpapers

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  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/commpapers/467

Number Of Pages


  • 10

Start Page


  • 165

End Page


  • 175

Volume


  • 5

Issue


  • 2008

Abstract


  • Lean manufacturing has been widely adopted by many production companies. Apart from the

    operational difficulty associated with conversion from a traditional, functional based operation,

    adoption of Lean manufacturing involves significant organizational transformations. It requires

    formation of work teams, comprised of multi-skilled workers. The work teams are preferably self

    directed and need to continuously improve performance and production processes. Such changes

    can be challenging for organizations.

    This paper reviews studies of human related and organizational factors in the context of Lean

    manufacturing, and identifies gaps in research in this area. The paper presents the principles of

    lean manufacturing, the organizational shifts required, and presents studies relevant to each of

    these shifts. The paper concludes with implications for practitioners and suggestions for further

    studies.

Publication Date


  • 2008

Citation


  • Alony, I. & Jones, M. L. (2008). Lean supply chains, JIT and cellular manufacturing - the human side. Issues in Informing Science and Information Technology, 5 (2008), 165-175.

Ro Full-text Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1500&context=commpapers

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/commpapers/467

Number Of Pages


  • 10

Start Page


  • 165

End Page


  • 175

Volume


  • 5

Issue


  • 2008