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Lean and Agile Philosophies and work-methods in the Swedish Textile Sector: A Pilot Study
University of Borås, Swedish School of Textiles.
University of Borås, Swedish School of Textiles.
2013 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year))Student thesis
Abstract [en]

Lean Production is a well-established concept that has been most prominent within the car manufacturing industry. It bases on the ide to remove all waste and to strip away unnecessary steps that do not add value to the customer. Agile, on the other hand, is a flexible concept, aimed to stay put during volatile circumstances. This thesis deals with the phenomena of Lean Enterprise, which is an elongation of Lean Production. Now the whole organization, on all levels, is included. The thesis also explores the concept of agile, as in agile development and not in a software focus. The purpose of this study is to identify the dispersion between lean and agile philosophies and methods of working within the Swedish textile industry. No previous research about this subject have been made, solely on Lean Production, both in the textile sector and others, or Lean Enterprise, but then not within the chosen sector. Moreover, have no study been made regarding the Swedish textile sector. In order to pursue this study the authors had to explain what characteristics that are describing the phenomena of Lean Production, Pettersens (2009) research was chosen to display these. Then, these groups of characteristics were transmitted into a suitable Lean Enterprise way of thinking, to lift lean up from solely producing environments. By using this information a quantitative survey with 33 assertions have been assembled and executed on three different companies with a total of 16 respondents. The conclusions that can be drawn from this study are that there are indications that lean do exist on an operative level, throughout whole organizations, with the most prominent group of characteristics being scientific management. The least implemented group of lean characteristics within the participated companies is defects control. The results also did indicate that agile characteristics do exist but however in various amounts and in various parts. This thesis is a pilot study which will be used as the fundament for an upcoming study, therefore the latter part of this thesis’s purpose was to conduct, test and give suggestions for improving a survey.

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University of Borås/Swedish School of Textiles , 2013.
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Magisteruppsats ; 2013.7.3
Keywords [en]
Lean, Lean Enterprise, Agile, Textile sector
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Design
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-17383Local ID: 2320/12815OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hb-17383DiVA, id: diva2:1309291
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Program: Applied Textile ManagementAvailable from: 2019-04-30 Created: 2019-04-30

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