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Lean application among European food SMEs: findings from empirical research

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Even though the literature indicates the maturity of the Lean application within process industries, its implementation within the food sector is less evident. Moreover, there are limited studies that focused on the implementation of Lean techniques within Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) operating in the food sector. The objective of this study is to analyze the status of the Lean application and its benefits and challenges among European food SMEs. A structured questionnaire was developed to collect data. A total of 35 SMEs’ representatives, mostly CEOs and operation managers, participated in the survey. The finding shows that none of the food SMEs involved in this study implements Lean manufacturing in its totality. This study found that there is a clear lack of knowledge on Lean techniques. The originality of this paper lies in the analysis of the current status of the Lean application among food SMEs in Europe.
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Lean manufacturing, Food sector, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises

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Van Goubergen, Dirk, Manoj Kumar Dora, Maneesh Kumar, Adrienn Molnar, and Xavier Gellynck. 2011. “Lean Application Among European Food SMEs: Findings from Empirical Research.” In Proceedings of the 2011 Industrial Engineering Research Conference, ed. T Doolen and E Van Aken. Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE).
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Van Goubergen, D., Dora, M. K., Kumar, M., Molnar, A., & Gellynck, X. (2011). Lean application among European food SMEs: findings from empirical research. In T. Doolen & E. Van Aken (Eds.), Proceedings of the 2011 industrial engineering research conference. Presented at the 61st Annual IIE conference and expo (IERC 2011), Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE).
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Van Goubergen D, Dora MK, Kumar M, Molnar A, Gellynck X. Lean application among European food SMEs: findings from empirical research. In: Doolen T, Van Aken E, editors. Proceedings of the 2011 industrial engineering research conference. Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE); 2011.
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Van Goubergen, Dirk, Manoj Kumar Dora, Maneesh Kumar, et al. “Lean Application Among European Food SMEs: Findings from Empirical Research.” Proceedings of the 2011 Industrial Engineering Research Conference. Ed. T Doolen & E Van Aken. Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE), 2011. Print.
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  abstract     = {Even though the literature indicates the maturity of the Lean application within process industries, its implementation within the food sector is less evident. Moreover, there are limited studies that focused on the implementation of Lean techniques within Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) operating in the food sector. The objective of this study is to analyze the status of the Lean application and its benefits and challenges among European food SMEs. A structured questionnaire was developed to collect data. A total of 35 SMEs{\textquoteright} representatives, mostly CEOs and operation managers, participated in the survey. The finding shows that none of the food SMEs involved in this study implements Lean manufacturing in its totality. This study found that there is a clear lack of knowledge on Lean techniques. The originality of this paper lies in the analysis of the current status of the Lean application among food SMEs in Europe.},
  author       = {Van Goubergen, Dirk and Dora, Manoj Kumar and Kumar, Maneesh and Molnar, Adrienn and Gellynck, Xavier},
  booktitle    = {Proceedings of the 2011 industrial engineering research conference},
  editor       = {Doolen, T and Van Aken, E},
  keyword      = {Lean manufacturing,Food sector,Small and Medium-sized Enterprises},
  language     = {eng},
  location     = {Reno, NV, USA},
  pages        = {8},
  publisher    = {Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE)},
  title        = {Lean application among European food SMEs: findings from empirical research},
  year         = {2011},
}