The Role of Leadership in Implementing Lean Manufacturing


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: College of Engineering & Physical 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
Publication ISSN: 2212-8271
Last Modified: 17 Jun 2024 07:27
Date Deposited: 15 Jan 2018 08:50
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PURE Output Type: Article
Published Date: 2017-07-11
Published Online Date: 2017-07-11
Accepted Date: 2017-03-31
Authors: Alefari, Mudhafar
Salonitis, Konstantinos
Xu, Yuchun (ORCID Profile 0000-0001-6388-813X)

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