Details

Title

Lean Production Development in SMEs: A Case Study

Journal title

Management and Production Engineering Review

Yearbook

2017

Numer

No 2

Publication authors

Keywords

Management of Technology and Innovation ; Management Science and Operations Research ; Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering ; Business and International Management ; Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management

Divisions of PAS

Nauki Techniczne

Abstract

<jats:title>Abstract</jats:title><jats:p>The competitiveness of small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) is vital for the European economy. Also, manufacturing is often the core competence of SMEs. Adopting lean philosophy is a viable and popular approach for developing production and enabling continuous improvement. Despite the increased interest in empirical lean research, the body of knowledge about lean manufacturing development in SMEs is currently insufficient. This paper describes a study of a lean development project in a Finnish-based manufacturing SME. A current state analysis and development proposals are presented. The project applies a framework that other SMEs can utilize in identifying their problem areas and creating development proposals for their production activities. The results of the study contribute to the existing body of knowledge in lean manufacturing. In addition, managers in SMEs can utilize the study results as a reference when designing production development projects.</jats:p>

Publisher

Production Engineering Committee of the Polish Academy of Sciences, Polish Association for Production Management

Date

2017

Identifier

ISSN 2080-8208 ; eISSN 2082-1344

DOI

10.1515/mper-2017-0016

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