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Majava, J. & Ojanperä, T. (2017). Lean Production Development in SMEs: A Case Study. Management and Production Engineering Review, 8(2), pp. 41-48. Retrieved 23 Aug. 2017, from doi:10.1515/mper-2017-0016

Lean production development in SMEs : a case study

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Author: Majava, Jukka1; Ojanperä, Tiina2
Organizations: 1University of Oulu, Industrial Engineering and Management Research Unit, Finland
2Sokeva Ltd., Finland
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Version: published version
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Language: English
Published: De Gruyter, 2017
Publish Date: 2017-08-23


The competitiveness of small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) is vital for the European economy. Also, manufacturing is often the core competence of SMEs. Adopting lean philosophy is a viable and popular approach for developing production and enabling continuous improvement. Despite the increased interest in empirical lean research, the body of knowledge about lean manufacturing development in SMEs is currently insufficient. This paper describes a study of a lean development project in a Finnish-based manufacturing SME. A current state analysis and development proposals are presented. The project applies a framework that other SMEs can utilize in identifying their problem areas and creating development proposals for their production activities. The results of the study contribute to the existing body of knowledge in lean manufacturing. In addition, managers in SMEs can utilize the study results as a reference when designing production development projects.

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Series: Management and production engineering review
ISSN: 2080-8208
ISSN-E: 2082-1344
ISSN-L: 2080-8208
Volume: 8
Issue: 2
Pages: 41 - 48
DOI: 10.1515/mper-2017-0016
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 222 Other engineering and technologies
Copyright information: © 2017 Management and Production Engineering Review. This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 3.0 License. BY-NC-ND 3.0