The Role of Leadership in Implementing Lean Manufacturing

Mudhafar Alefari, Konstantinos Salonitis*, Yuchun Xu

*Corresponding author for this work

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It is widely accepted that for the successful implementation of lean manufacturing, the senior management commitment is of great importance. However, the lean journey is usually a long one, and eventually management commitment creeps. Furthermore, the involvement of employees in daily improvements is also critical for the success of implementation. Lean leadership can be considered as a way of sustaining and improving the employee performance in lean production systems. In the present study, a thorough literature review is presented focusing in reviewing the principles of lean leadership and the practices that can lead in improving the employee performance. Furthermore, the characteristics and qualities of lean leader are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)756-761
Number of pages6
JournalProcedia CIRP
Early online date11 Jul 2017
Publication statusPublished - 11 Jul 2017

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  • leadership
  • Lean manufacturing
  • survey


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