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Visual management in production management : a literature synthesis

Tezel, BA, Koskela, LJ and Tzortzopoulos Fazenda, P 2016, 'Visual management in production management : a literature synthesis' , Journal of Manufacturing Technology Management, 27 (6) , pp. 766-799.

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Purpose- The purpose of this paper is to holistically discuss, explore and synthesise the key literature on Visual Management, an important, yet highly fragmented subject that is frequently referred in lean production accounts. Research Methodology - An extensive literature review was conducted to classify the current literature, to explore the different aspects and limitations of the current discussions on the subject, to clarify in what ways Visual Management benefits manifest themselves in a workplace and to identify the future research focus. Findings- Visual Management is an important close-range communication strategy based on cognitively effective information conveyance. This strategy has been frequently discussed in the production management literature. However, (a) the literature is fragmented as to the roles of Visual Management in a production setting, (b) the body of literature lacks integrated focus and cohesion with an abundance of related terminology from scholarly works and consultant books, (c) a practical VM tools taxonomy and a visual workplace implementation framework were presented (d) there is poor clarity with regards to the functions (benefits) that Visual Management may provide within organisations; nine conceptual Visual Management functions were proposed (e) a wide array of future research directions related to Visual Management was identified. Originality/Value- This paper synthesises the key literature related to Visual Management, providing a conceptual picture of the current knowledge.

Item Type: Article
Schools: Schools > School of the Built Environment > Centre for Built Environment Sustainability and Transformation (BEST)
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Manufacturing Technology Management
Publisher: Emerald
ISSN: 1741-038X
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Depositing User: BA Tezel
Date Deposited: 10 Jun 2016 13:28
Last Modified: 02 Sep 2016 07:42

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