A complex systems theory perspective of lean production

Saurin, TA, Rooke, JA and Koskela, LJ 2013, 'A complex systems theory perspective of lean production' , International Journal of Production Research .

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Lean production (LP) has been increasingly adopted in complex systems, such as healthcare and construction sites. However, little is known of the extent to which the lean philosophy matches the nature of those systems, which have different characteristics of complexity in comparison with manufacturing plants, in which LP was originated. This article analyses the extent to which LP is compatible with the nature of complex systems, as a basis for the identification of learning opportunities for LP from complex systems theory (CST). As a framework for this analysis, both the prescriptions from LP and CST for designing systems are compared in terms of their potential impact on a set of characteristics of complex systems. Examples of how LP may learn from CST are identified as well as examples of how CST may help to tackle common difficulties in LP implementation.

Item Type: Article
Themes: Built and Human Environment
Health and Wellbeing
Schools: Schools > School of the Built Environment > Centre for Built Environment Sustainability and Transformation (BEST)
Journal or Publication Title: International Journal of Production Research
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 0020-7543
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Funders: Haciric
Depositing User: LJ Koskela
Date Deposited: 27 Jun 2013 16:02
Last Modified: 25 Sep 2017 09:42
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/29347

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