Slack: a driver of innovation in R&D?
2011 (English)In: 12th International CINet conference: Continuous Innovation: Doing more with less, 2011Conference paper (Other academic)
Reaching an efficient yet innovative R&D organization is key in today’s competitive market. Many firms use inspiration from lean manufacturing methods to reach that goal. A large potential lies in a balanced application of such work methods, but applied in its extreme it may cause more harm than good. In this paper we explore how two central concepts in lean product development; slack and standardization are related to innovation. The quantitative analysis of questionnaire data from an automotive manufacturer with a long history of applying lean inspired work methods reveal an interesting relationship between the investigated variables. It also reveals means for managers to further ensure that slack time is used to its best potential in order to reach innovative products.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
slack, lean product development, lean, innovation, creativity
Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-63318OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-63318DiVA: diva2:482003
12th Continuous Innovation Network Conference (CINET), Århus University, Denmark, September 11-13, 2011
QC 201204132012-01-232012-01-232012-11-30Bibliographically approved