Examination of the flexibility paradox in a Lean system
2014 (English)In: , 2014Conference paper (Refereed)
This paper explores if Lean is to be considered flexible or not. A multiple case study in the automotive industry is conducted to find the dependencies between Lean and flexibility. Since many definitions of flexibility and Lean exists, a pragmatic approach is sought where each cases own definition of Lean is used to analyze if the factors that enable flexibility are to be considered Lean or not. The context of this paper is volume and product flexibility.
Lean and flexibility are found to be independent of each other in a direct sense. However, indirectly it is found that flexibility in a Lean context is achieved through decisions made when finding solution during problem solving. Also, the level of flexibility can also be seen as a decision. Therefore Lean in itself cannot be regarded as either flexible nor inflexible but flexibility can be achieved when choosing solutions to particular problems.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Lean, Assembly systems, Flexibility, Variation, Efficiency, Mixed model lines
Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics
Research subject Industrial Economics and Organisations
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-27896OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mdh-27896DiVA: diva2:807859
58th EOQ conference, 10-13 June, 2014, Gothenburg, Sweden