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Building a sustainable lean culture: a holistic lean leadership model


Building a sustainable lean culture: a holistic lean leadership model

Nooraei Ashtiani, Negarin (2016) Building a sustainable lean culture: a holistic lean leadership model. Masters thesis, Concordia University.

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Surprisingly, a high failure rate of lean initiatives in delivering promised business results calls into question the practicality and fruitfulness of lean as a change methodology. Many lean experts and scholars have tried to reveal the determining factors that affect the chance of success or failure of a lean initiative under different labels such as inhibitors, barriers, obstacles, or key success factors. One prominent concept, which is directly or implicitly mentioned in many of these studies, is profound role of ‘leadership’. This study pursues two objectives in two phases, mainly through conduct of a survey among lean practitioners in different industries. The research objectives are: to investigate the role of leadership in achieving favorable business results, and to formulate a holistic lean leadership model. This model is based on practical and realistic leadership experiences of two iconic lean companies, and also verified, and modified as appropriate, according to the findings of the survey. Ingraining the culture of respect for people, commitment to (leadership) self-development, establishing (lean) overarching and supporting structures, and reinforcing lean in day-to-day management activities, are 4 main layers of the model that enable a leader to reach to the ideal state of a lean organization, which is kaizen (continuous improvement)

Divisions:Concordia University > Gina Cody School of Engineering and Computer Science > Mechanical and Industrial Engineering
Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Authors:Nooraei Ashtiani, Negarin
Institution:Concordia University
Degree Name:M. Sc.
Program:Industrial Engineering
Date:June 2016
Thesis Supervisor(s):Bhuiyan, Nadia and Kazemi Zanjani, Masoumeh
Keywords:lean leadership, lean management, lean culture, sustainable lean, lean thinking, lean manufacturing
ID Code:981595
Deposited On:08 Nov 2016 15:55
Last Modified:18 Jan 2018 17:53


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