The Role of Leadership in Implementing Lean Manufacturing

Alefari, Mudhafar, Salonitis, Konstantinos and Xu, Yuchun (2017). The Role of Leadership in Implementing Lean Manufacturing. Procedia CIRP, 63 , pp. 756-761.


It is widely accepted that for the successful implementation of lean manufacturing, the senior management commitment is of great importance. However, the lean journey is usually a long one, and eventually management commitment creeps. Furthermore, the involvement of employees in daily improvements is also critical for the success of implementation. Lean leadership can be considered as a way of sustaining and improving the employee performance in lean production systems. In the present study, a thorough literature review is presented focusing in reviewing the principles of lean leadership and the practices that can lead in improving the employee performance. Furthermore, the characteristics and qualities of lean leader are discussed.

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Divisions: Engineering & Applied Sciences
Additional Information: © 2017 The Authors. Published by Elsevier B.V. This is an open access article under the CC BY-NC-ND license (
Uncontrolled Keywords: leadership,Lean manufacturing,survey,Control and Systems Engineering,Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
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Published Date: 2017-07-11
Authors: Alefari, Mudhafar
Salonitis, Konstantinos
Xu, Yuchun ( 0000-0001-6388-813X)

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