An Exploratory Study: The Impact of Lean Implementation on Product Innovation
Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Purpose - The purpose of this study is to explore the impact that implementing lean has on a company’s ability to innovate, especially their ability to produce radically innovative products.
Framework – The framework developed for the purpose of this study is made out of four propositions. Each of the propositions is aimed at covering a certain aspect of the area under investigation. The propositions are constructed through a comparison of the main principles and characteristics of both lean thinking and innovation management that are seen to be relevant to the area of product development.
Methodology – The study employs a qualitative multi-case study design. Four Swedish SME’s that have been implementing lean in both manufacturing and product development are investigated. The data for the study is collected using two methods; an online questionnaire and a face-to-face interview.
Findings - The study leads to the belief that the implementation of lean could lead to a company’s ability to produce radically innovative products being negatively impacted, but that this impact could be avoided if a company wishes to do so.
Managerial Implications – Managers are made aware of the possible consequences of the implementation, as well as, of the possible balance. Solutions to achieving a balance are offered.
Limitations – The approach to exploring the subject in hand, the choice of participating companies, and the interview guide employed, are all seen as limitation for this study.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2013. , 57 p.
Lean, Innovation, Innovation Management, Lean Management, Product Innovation
Other Engineering and Technologies not elsewhere specified Business Administration
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-22574OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hh-22574DiVA: diva2:629011
Subject / course
2013-05-27, Halmstad, 08:15 (English)
Florén, Henrik, Associate Professor
Tell, Joakim, Associate Professor