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People driven productivity : Lean for small businesses

Hendrik Van Landeghem (UGent) and Joris April (UGent)
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Lean as structured method to improve productivity has earned its undisputed place during the last 10 years. The combination of a people-oriented philosophy, combined with simple but effective methods, has led to considerable improvements in almost all industry sectors. However it becomes increasingly clear that introducing Lean requires knowledge and efforts that are outside the possibilities of small businesses. The paper reports on the preliminary results of a concerted research effort towards an effective method to introduce Lean in small production enterprises (SME‟s). Anticipated results are operational and practical findings for improving success rates of adoption. This should widen considerably the range of businesses that can benefit from this structured improvement process. It would also allow policymakers to better target support measures to small businesses.
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SME, Lean Manufacturing, change management

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Van Landeghem, Hendrik, and Joris April. 2010. “People Driven Productivity : Lean for Small Businesses.” In 16th World Productivity Congress and 2010 European Productivity Conference, Proceedings.
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Van Landeghem, H., & April, J. (2010). People driven productivity : Lean for small businesses. 16th World Productivity Congress and 2010 European Productivity Conference, Proceedings. Presented at the 16th World Productivity Congress ; 2010 European Productivity Conference : Productivity at crossroads : creating a socially, economically and environmentally responsible world.
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Van Landeghem H, April J. People driven productivity : Lean for small businesses. 16th World Productivity Congress and 2010 European Productivity Conference, Proceedings. 2010.
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Van Landeghem, Hendrik, and Joris April. “People Driven Productivity : Lean for Small Businesses.” 16th World Productivity Congress and 2010 European Productivity Conference, Proceedings. 2010. Print.
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  abstract     = {Lean as structured method to improve productivity has earned its undisputed place during the last 10 years. The combination of a people-oriented philosophy, combined with simple but effective methods, has led to considerable improvements in almost all industry sectors. However it becomes increasingly clear that introducing Lean requires knowledge and efforts that are outside the possibilities of small businesses. The paper reports on the preliminary results of a concerted research effort towards an effective method to introduce Lean in small production enterprises (SME\unmatched{201f}s). Anticipated results are operational and practical findings for improving success rates of adoption. This should widen considerably the range of businesses that can benefit from this structured improvement process. It would also allow policymakers to better target support measures to small businesses.},
  author       = {Van Landeghem, Hendrik and April, Joris},
  booktitle    = {16th World Productivity Congress and 2010 European Productivity Conference, Proceedings},
  keyword      = {SME,Lean Manufacturing,change management},
  language     = {eng},
  location     = {Antalya, Turkey},
  pages        = {6},
  title        = {People driven productivity : Lean for small businesses},
  year         = {2010},
}