The concept of a lean sustainability zone

Lucey, John J.
September 2009
Management Services;Autumn2009, Vol. 53 Issue 3, p8
Academic Journal
The article discusses whether employee engagement can be utilized in predicting the success and sustainability of lean transformations. According to the author, the failure rate for lean transformations is not easy to determine because most of the failures will possibly go unrecorded. He added that the failure rates of major change transformations are very high and the costs linked to the failure can also be high. Studies showed that the lean sustainability zone is present between the employee score of 4.0 to 6.0. Companies are recommended to examine the level of employee engagement before proceeding with lean transformations.


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