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Experiences from Implementation of Lean Production: Standardization versus Self-management: A Swedish Case Study
School of Education and Behavioural Sciences, University of Borås, Sweden.
University of Skövde, School of Technology and Society.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-8136-4233
2013 (English)In: Nordic Journal of Working Life Studies, ISSN 2245-0157, Vol. 3, no 1, (tot 18 s.)- p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In this article, we discuss important aspects of the perceived problematic relationship between self-management and standardization. The article presents data from three case studies conducted within manufacturing companies in Sweden, where the popularity of lean production has led to a renaissance for short-cycle and standardized assembly work in settings that traditionally have made use of sociotechnical production design. The data suggest that the implementation has not contributed to an increased commitment, smooth operations, and capacity for change and innovation. Despite these not so positive results, it is argued that it is possible to combine self-management principles with lean production and standardization if 1) the implementation of lean is done with a contextual sensitivity, 2) a balance is reached between the use of standards on the one hand and work enrichment on the other, and 3) a feeling of ownership as regards both implementation and production process is upheld among the product on personnel.

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Roskilde Universitet , 2013. Vol. 3, no 1, (tot 18 s.)- p.
Keyword [en]
Heijunka, kaizen, lean production, sociotechnique, standardization, Sweden
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Business Administration
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Humanities and Social sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:his:diva-8392OAI: oai:DiVA.org:his-8392DiVA: diva2:639943
Available from: 2013-08-12 Created: 2013-08-12 Last updated: 2014-04-07Bibliographically approved

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