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SMEs find it difficult to implement productivity improvement tools, particularly those associated with Lean Manufacturing. Larger companies have more success due to greater access to resources. To provide the SMEs with a way to implement Lean sustainably, the European project ERIP develops a new lean change methodology for SMEs. In this paper the methodology is explained and three test cases show the strength of the methodology. The method is a sequence of achieving management and company support, starting with data analysis and identifying problems and consequently solving these problems. Within the workshops, training of employees is conducted. The three test cases show that even through limited efforts, a good productivity improvement can be achieved in a sustainable manner.
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optimization, sustainable innovation, Manufacturing, small and medium-sized enterprises, change management.

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April, Joris, Daryl Powell, and Schanssema Bart. 2010. “A New Lean Change Methodology for Small & Medium Sized Enterprises.” In 12th International MITIP Conference onInformation Technology & Innovation Processes of the Enterprises, Proceedings, 27–35. Aalborg, Denmark: Aalborg, University.
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April, J., Powell, D., & Bart, S. (2010). A new lean change methodology for small & medium sized enterprises. 12th International MITIP Conference onInformation Technology & Innovation processes of the enterprises, Proceedings (pp. 27–35). Presented at the 12th International MITIP Conference onInformation Technology & Innovation Processes of the Enterprises (MITIP - 2010), Aalborg, Denmark: Aalborg, University.
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April J, Powell D, Bart S. A new lean change methodology for small & medium sized enterprises. 12th International MITIP Conference onInformation Technology & Innovation processes of the enterprises, Proceedings. Aalborg, Denmark: Aalborg, University; 2010. p. 27–35.
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April, Joris, Daryl Powell, and Schanssema Bart. “A New Lean Change Methodology for Small & Medium Sized Enterprises.” 12th International MITIP Conference onInformation Technology & Innovation Processes of the Enterprises, Proceedings. Aalborg, Denmark: Aalborg, University, 2010. 27–35. Print.
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  abstract     = {SMEs find it difficult to implement productivity improvement tools, particularly those associated with Lean Manufacturing. Larger companies have more success due to greater access to resources. To provide the SMEs with a way to implement Lean sustainably, the European project ERIP develops a new lean change methodology for SMEs. In this paper the methodology is explained and three test cases show the strength of the methodology. The method is a sequence of achieving management and company support, starting with data analysis and identifying problems and consequently solving these problems. Within the workshops, training of employees is conducted. The three test cases show that even through limited efforts, a good productivity improvement can be achieved in a sustainable manner.},
  author       = {April, Joris and Powell, Daryl  and Bart, Schanssema},
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  title        = {A new lean change methodology for small \& medium sized enterprises},
  year         = {2010},
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