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Lean production

Found, Pauline ORCID: and Bicheno, J. 2016. Lean production. Netland, T and Powell, D, eds. The Routledge Companion to Lean Management, New York, NY: Routledge, pp. 23-33.

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At the time of writing, it is more than one quarter-century since the term ‘‘lean production’’ was first introduced to the management lexicon by John Krafcik, a researcher from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), who was working on the International Motor Vehicle Program(IMVP) (Krafcik, 1988). Womack, Jones, and Roos later popularize lean in the bestselling book The Machine that Changed the World. However, it was Richard Schonberger and Robert Hall who wrote the two books, in 1982 and 1983 respectively, that effectively launched (or relaunched)the concept that became known as lean production in the West. Schonberger (2007) noted that while The Machine that Changed the World is commonly perceived to mark the beginning of the lean movement, in reality lean manufacturing was actually already well established in the US in the early 1980s, albeit under different names.

Item Type: Book Section
Status: Published
Schools: Business (Including Economics)
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 9781317416517
Last Modified: 25 Oct 2022 13:16

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