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Choosing the most suitable lean strategy, or not – a research failing

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Keywords: lean, lean manufacturing, lean design, lean innovation, lean thinking, lean startup, lean six Sigma, lean strategies, lean strategy, research failure

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Lean strategies and ideology are now fairly main stream, not just in manufacturing; they have spread across other sectors, such as finance, health and the service sectors, for example. The process of lean really came to prominence in the late 1980s, as a result of Toyota’s production and business optimisation processes. The basic philosophy and principal behind lean is to minimise waste in production processes or to remove nonproductive and redundant activity, whilst at the same time increasing and maximising customer value.

Lean strategies have revolutionised production processes, firstly in automotive engineering and then in aircraft production, IT and general management services. Now, almost 40 years later, there are a range of lean strategies being implemented in organisations around the world.

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