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


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.

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Divisions: College of Business and Social Sciences > Aston Business School > Operations & Information Management
College of Business and Social Sciences > Aston Business School > Advanced Services Group
Uncontrolled Keywords: Lean,new product development,review,design
Publication ISSN: 2041-2975
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PURE Output Type: Article
Published Date: 2006-09-01
Authors: Baines, Tim S. (ORCID Profile 0000-0002-7518-2967)
Lightfoot, Howard
Williams, G.M.
Greenough, Richard



Version: Accepted Version

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