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Business Support Agencies introducing Lean Production in SMEs - Does it make any difference?
University of Skövde, School of Engineering Science. University of Skövde, The Virtual Systems Research Centre.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-6354-2320
School of Engineering, Jönköping University, Jönköping, Sweden.
2014 (English)Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Many SMEs are implementing lean production in collaboration with a business support agency in order to improve their competitiveness. This research investigated whether improvement initiatives had the intended effect in some companies. A questionnaire was answered by employees in 26 SMEs. The result indicated experienced effect concerning leadership, communication and employee commitment, areas considered important for success in improvement initiatives,   and also progress in areas that characterise development towards lean. The result also indicated differences in experienced effect between managerial and non-managerial functions and between companies. 

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improvement initiative, lean, business support agency, SME, effect
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URN: urn:nbn:se:his:diva-10488OAI: diva2:775053
The sixth Swedish Production Symposium, September 16-18 2014, Göteborg
Available from: 2014-12-30 Created: 2014-12-30 Last updated: 2015-05-19Bibliographically approved

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