A framework for lean manufacturing implementation

Sherif Mostafa, Jantanee Dumrak, Hassan Soltan

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The lean implementation initiatives can be categorised as roadmap, conceptual/ implementation framework, descriptive and assessment checklist initiatives. A literature review on the lean initiatives has examined 28 initiatives. A set of rules is proposed to evaluate these initiatives with respect to nine factors impacting lean implementation. The evaluation has proved that the implementation frameworks have highest association with lean factors. However, existing lean initiatives are not demonstrated in a structured nature. The failure in managing lean implementation process is often consolidated to poor mind-set and inadequate understanding of the lean concept itself. In this paper, an attempt has been made to propose a framework to overcome some of the limitations. The proposed framework is constructed as a project-based framework with detailed four implementation phases. Appropriate practices and decision tools are proposed and assigned to each phase. However, the proposed framework is at conceptual stage. It requires further implementation to be validated.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)44-64
Number of pages21
JournalProduction and Manufacturing Research
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • Implementation framework
  • Initiative evaluation rules
  • Lean implementation initiatives
  • Lean manufacturing
  • Success factors of lean implementation


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