State-of-the-art in lean design engineering:a literature review on white collar lean

Baines, Tim S.; Lightfoot, Howard; Williams, G.M. and Greenough, Richard (2006). State-of-the-art in lean design engineering:a literature review on white collar lean. Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part B: Journal of Engineering Manufacture, 220 (9), pp. 1539-1547.

Abstract

Lean is usually associated with the ‘operations’ of a manufacturing enterprise; however, there is a growing awareness that these principles may be transferred readily to other functions and sectors. The application to knowledge-based activities such as engineering design is of particular relevance to UK plc. Hence, the purpose of this study has been to establish the state-of-the-art, in terms of the adoption of Lean in new product development, by carrying out a systematic review of the literature. The authors' findings confirm the view that Lean can be applied beneficially away from the factory; that an understanding and definition of value is key to success; that a set-based (or Toyota methodology) approach to design is favoured together with the strong leadership of a chief engineer; and that the successful implementation requires organization-wide changes to systems, practices, and behaviour. On this basis it is felt that this review paper provides a useful platform for further research in this topic.

Publication DOI: https://doi.org/10.1243/09544054JEM613
Divisions: Aston Business School > Operations & information management
Aston Business School > Operations & information management research group
Uncontrolled Keywords: Lean,new product development,review,design
Published Date: 2006-09-01

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