publication . Conference object . 2010

A new lean change methodology for small & medium sized enterprises

April, Joris; Powell, Daryl; Bart, Schanssema;
Open Access English
  • Published: 01 Jan 2010
  • Publisher: Aalborg, University
  • Country: Belgium
Abstract
SMEs find it difficult to implement productivity improvement tools, particularly those associated with Lean Manufacturing. Larger companies have more success due to greater access to resources. To provide the SMEs with a way to implement Lean sustainably, the European project ERIP develops a new lean change methodology for SMEs. In this paper the methodology is explained and three test cases show the strength of the methodology. The method is a sequence of achieving management and company support, starting with data analysis and identifying problems and consequently solving these problems. Within the workshops, training of employees is conducted. The three test ...
Subjects
free text keywords: Technology and Engineering, optimization, sustainable innovation, Manufacturing, small and medium-sized enterprises, change management.
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