A special issue of International Journal of Technology Management
The principles of Lean supply emerged from the Toyota Production System. Lean is focused upon the elimination of waste (all activities that add cost but not value) and continuous improvement. Lean has enabled companies to simultaneously increase productivity and quality whilst reducing inventory, lead times and costs.
Lean comprises a philosophy and a set of tools that are often pragmatically applied. The implementation of Lean usually requires the retraining of staff at all levels of the organisation and the implementation of effective change management. Lean changes the nature of the relationships both internally and within supply chains.
Lean originated in high volume automotive manufacturing, but it is now increasingly applied in many different contexts and sectors. Many organisations have adopted Lean as an approach to achieving operational excellence, which has become more important as markets have become increasingly competitive.
This special edition aims to explore Lean thinking and lean tools from both practical and theoretical perspectives. It is intended to facilitate learning across sectors from both academics and practitioners.
Topics of interest include but are not limited to:
- Toyota Production System
- Lean principles and philosophy
- Lean in the service industries
- Lean in the public sector
- Lean in health
- Policy deployment
- Lean design
- Procurement, supply chain management
- Product and process architecture
- Product development
- Production configurations
- Mass customisation
- Maintenance management
- Plant/product life cycle management
- Modelling of Lean systems
Full paper due: 1 January 2009
Notification of status of paper: 1 March 2009
Final version of paper due: 1 May 2009