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Experiences from implementation of lean practi­ces: Standardization versus self –management: A Swedish case study
University of Borås, School of Education and Behavioural Science.
2013 (English)In: Nordic Journal of Working Life Studies, ISSN 2245-0157, E-ISSN 2245-0157, Vol. 3, no 1, 31-48 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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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 con - ducted 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 production personnel.

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Nordic Journal of Working Life Studies , 2013. Vol. 3, no 1, 31-48 p.
Keyword [en]
lean production, Sweden
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Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
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Teacher Education and Education Work
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-1557Local ID: 2320/12248OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hb-1557DiVA: diva2:869615
Available from: 2015-11-13 Created: 2015-11-13 Last updated: 2016-11-30Bibliographically approved

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