Why aren't we all lean?

December 2007
Management Services;Winter2007, Vol. 51 Issue 4, p11
Academic Journal
The article explains the reason behind the difficulty in the practical application of system thinking compared to theory. Systems thinking, the principle that underpins lean manufacturing, has been effectively applied in many commercial organisations. There are plenty of examples which show that these principles can be successfully applied in practice, with benefits that include faster response times, exceeding targets, reduction in waste and unnecessary work, increased customer satisfaction and more effective working relationships with contractors and suppliers. But research and practical experience has demonstrated that not all lean projects succeed and that there can be practical difficulties in applying these principles in public sector organisations.


Related Articles

  • Manufacturers Have Responsibility to Reduce Waste.  // Econews;Feb/Mar2014, Vol. 44 Issue 1, p12 

    The article presents the author's views about the responsibility of manufacturers to reduce waste in California.

  • Rewarding Ideas.  // Business NH Magazine;Jan2001, Vol. 18 Issue 1, p54 

    Recognizes the success of business organizations in reducing waste by the New Hampshire (NH) Department of Environmental Service (DES). Applications for the Seventh Annual Governor's Award for Pollution Prevention; Certification of NH Ball Bearings to ISO 14000 for their Environmental Management...

  • Celebrating WRAP Awards. O'Connell, Kim A. // Waste Age;May2002, Vol. 33 Issue 5, p40 

    Focuses on the annual Waste Reduction Awards Program sponsored by the California Integrated Waste Management Board in Sacramento, California. Recognition of efforts of businesses to reduce nonhazardous wastes; Award winners; Criteria in judging award nominees.

  • Implementing Lean Techniques on the Shop Floor Improvement of a Delivery Company. Shay, Jason; Shieh, Peter Iming // Advanced Materials Research;7/24/2014, Vol. 989-994, p2811 

    CTC Express is the leading domestic company in delivery service and wants to improve their business efficiency by establishing lean management in the shop floor activities. Lean management is generally adopted by the manufacturing industries as a significant technique to reduce waste and...

  • Sweetening the deal. Klein, Dustin S. // Smart Business Cleveland;Feb2010, Vol. 21 Issue 7, p6 

    The author stresses the importance of offering value to customers in order for a business to position itself to better compete. He proclaimed that 2010 is going to be a year of value. He notes that lower prices and increased value are how businesses are trying to attract customers who are wary...

  • THE DIRECT AND INDIRECT EFFECTS OF CUSTOMER FOCUS ON PERFORMANCE IN PUBLIC FIRMS. Yaacob, Zulnaidi // International Journal for Quality Research;2014, Vol. 8 Issue 2, p265 

    It has been demonstrated within the literature that the practice of customer focus is significantly associated with customer satisfaction. However, the possibility that the construct of customer focus may affect other relevant measures remains underexplored. As such, this paper discusses the...

  • Remedying Service Comebacks.  // Yard & Garden;Jul2009, Vol. 32 Issue 6, p17 

    The article focuses on LEAN business management program designed to help servicing dealers reduce waste, cut costs and improve customer satisfaction. It is stated that preventing the comeback with proper repairs or maintenance can help dealers escape the cost of time, money and customer...

  • Lean production at Portakabin.  // Times 100 Case Studies;2014, p1 

    The article presents a case study of Portakabin Ltd., an international company that specializes in prefabricated, modular, and temporary solutions based in Great Britain which focuses on the application of the company on lean production to meet customer satisfaction. An overview for Portakabin...

  • Trash talk.  // New Hampshire Business Review;8/02/96, Vol. 18 Issue 16, p7 

    Reports on the New Hampshire firms that were honored in July 1995 as part of WasteCap of New Hampshire's first Waste (NOT!) Challenge. Aim to honor companies for their waste-reduction efforts; Recipients of gold, silver or bronze trash cans.


Read the Article


Sign out of this library

Other Topics