Application of lean thinking in manufacturing: A survey of small and medium-sized enterprises in China

Lau, C and Wang, J 2010, 'Application of lean thinking in manufacturing: A survey of small and medium-sized enterprises in China', in Pawar,KS:Lalwani,CS (ed.) Proceedings of the 15th International Symposium on logistics, Kuala Lumpa, Malaysia, 4-7 July 2010, pp. 266-275.


Document type: Conference Paper
Collection: Conference Papers

Title Application of lean thinking in manufacturing: A survey of small and medium-sized enterprises in China
Author(s) Lau, C
Wang, J
Year 2010
Conference name Configuring Next Generation Supply Chains
Conference location Kuala Lumpa, Malaysia
Conference dates 4-7 July 2010
Proceedings title Proceedings of the 15th International Symposium on logistics
Editor(s) Pawar,KS:Lalwani,CS
Publisher Nottingham University Business School
Place of publication Nottingham, United Kingdom
Start page 266
End page 275
Total pages 10
Abstract Through a questionnaire survey, this paper reports the findings on the current status of lean thinking adoption by the small- and medium-sized manufacturers in China. The findings suggest that application of lean thinking is not widespread. For those firms that have adopted lean thinking, the major benefits obtained are reduction in cost and waste, inventory, labour, and cycle time. The major difficulties encountered are communication between workers and managers, and collaboration with supply chain members.
Subjects Logistics and Supply Chain Management
Copyright notice © Copyright Nottingham University Business School, 2010
ISBN 9780853582670
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