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Researching lean: Methodological implications of loose definitions
KTH, School of Technology and Health (STH), Ergonomics.
Linköping University, Division of Quality Technology and Management, Linköping, Sweden.
Luleå University of Technology, Dept. of Human Work Science, Luleå, Sweden.
Linköpings universitet, HELIX VINN Excellence Centre.
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2012 (English)In: Quality Innovation Prosperity, ISSN 1335-1745, E-ISSN 1338-984X, 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 paperis 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.
Keyword [en]
Validity, mediating factors, contextual factors, Lean impact, study design
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Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics Reliability and Maintenance
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-102248Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84875890348OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-102248DiVA: diva2:551709
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Available from: 2012-09-12 Created: 2012-09-12 Last updated: 2017-12-07Bibliographically approved

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