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Adoptability of lean manufacturing among small and medium food processing enterprises

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Recent literature emphasized the importance of determining factors for successful adoption of lean manufacturing in different settings. This study explored different determining factors and their impact on lean manufacturing in food processing industries in small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs). The characteristics of the food industries such as mandatory quality assurance requirements, perishability of the products and variability of raw materials obstruct a straightforward application of lean manufacturing. In addition, the challenges of “change” in SMEs are distinctive from those faced by large organization. In this context, this study explores the effect of determining factors on adoption of lean manufacturing in the food processing SMEs through multiple case studies. The nature of the process was found to be a very important factor in lean adoption. The low shelf-life of the food products and the extremely volatile demand and supply was a barriers to lean manufacturing adoption. The small size of the plant, the traditional set up and layout and the quality assurance requirements make it difficult to replicate lean in food processing SMEs. The study reconfirms that commitment of top management, culture, team work, and lack of skilled manpower impacted lean implementation.
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determining factors, food processing industries, Lean manufacturing, SMEs

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Dora, Manoj Kumar, Dirk Van Goubergen, Maneesh Kumar, et al. “Adoptability of Lean Manufacturing Among Small and Medium Food Processing Enterprises.” Industrial and Systems Engineering Research Conference, Abstracts. Piscataway, NJ, USA: IEEE, 2012. Print.
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Dora, M. K., Van Goubergen, D., Kumar, M., Molnar, A., & Gellynck, X. (2012). Adoptability of lean manufacturing among small and medium food processing enterprises. Industrial and Systems Engineering Research Conference, Abstracts. Presented at the 2012 Industrial and Systems Engineering Research Conference, Piscataway, NJ, USA: IEEE.
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Dora, Manoj Kumar, Dirk Van Goubergen, Maneesh Kumar, Adrienn Molnar, and Xavier Gellynck. 2012. “Adoptability of Lean Manufacturing Among Small and Medium Food Processing Enterprises.” In Industrial and Systems Engineering Research Conference, Abstracts. Piscataway, NJ, USA: IEEE.
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Dora, Manoj Kumar, Dirk Van Goubergen, Maneesh Kumar, Adrienn Molnar, and Xavier Gellynck. 2012. “Adoptability of Lean Manufacturing Among Small and Medium Food Processing Enterprises.” In Industrial and Systems Engineering Research Conference, Abstracts. Piscataway, NJ, USA: IEEE.
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Dora MK, Van Goubergen D, Kumar M, Molnar A, Gellynck X. Adoptability of lean manufacturing among small and medium food processing enterprises. Industrial and Systems Engineering Research Conference, Abstracts. Piscataway, NJ, USA: IEEE; 2012.
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M. K. Dora, D. Van Goubergen, M. Kumar, A. Molnar, and X. Gellynck, “Adoptability of lean manufacturing among small and medium food processing enterprises,” in Industrial and Systems Engineering Research Conference, Abstracts, Orlando, USA, 2012.
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  abstract     = {Recent literature emphasized the importance of determining factors for successful adoption of lean manufacturing in different settings.  This study explored different determining factors and their impact on lean manufacturing in food processing industries in small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs). The characteristics of the food industries such as mandatory quality assurance requirements, perishability of the products and variability of raw materials obstruct a straightforward application of lean manufacturing. In addition, the challenges of “change” in  SMEs are distinctive from those faced by large organization. In this context, this study explores the effect of determining factors on adoption  of lean manufacturing in the food processing SMEs through multiple case studies. The nature of the process was found to be a very important factor in lean adoption. The low shelf-life of the food products and the extremely volatile demand and supply was a barriers to lean manufacturing adoption. The small size of the plant, the traditional set up and layout and the quality assurance requirements make it difficult to replicate lean in food processing SMEs. The study reconfirms that commitment of top management, culture, team work, and lack of skilled manpower impacted lean implementation.},
  author       = {Dora, Manoj Kumar and Van Goubergen, Dirk and Kumar, Maneesh and Molnar, Adrienn and Gellynck, Xavier},
  booktitle    = {Industrial and Systems Engineering Research Conference, Abstracts},
  keywords     = {determining factors,food processing industries,Lean manufacturing,SMEs},
  language     = {eng},
  location     = {Orlando, USA},
  publisher    = {IEEE},
  title        = {Adoptability of lean manufacturing among small and medium food processing enterprises},
  year         = {2012},
}