For a long time Lean has been a well-known concept among manufacturers. The
interest of understanding Lean and the ability to implement it is common among
companies. The concept of Lean, used in the right way, can help companies to reduce
their lead times, their complexity and increase the efficiency of the working processes
(Hyer och Wemmerlöv, 2002). Unfortunately the work towards increased efficiency
has primarily been focused on manufacturing and plant work, resulting in that Lean
has been adjusted to these areas. The conclusion of this is that companies don´t
prioritize to improve processes such as administrative ones. (Strategic Direction,
According to Hyer and Wemmerlöv (2002), the companies can improve
administrative processes with up to 50%, if only they were prioritized.
To investigate this problem further, a thesis has been completed, where possible
improvements for administrative processes has been confirmed. Among these
suggestions, the solution that proved to provide the largest potentiating was identified
The issues addressed in this thesis have a clear connection to the stated purpose.
Additionally too accomplish the purpose of the thesis, the project was divided into
two major parts. The case study at the company was the first part, and the result given
from that study was later validated in a literature study. The combination of these two
parts led to the final result.
By applying the methods, presented in the literature study, of removing the non-value
added time and decrease the remaining value-added time a calculated result were
accomplished. The final measurable potentiate reached circa 35%, as found in the
calculations under the result section.
In conclusion the project group found a great amount of improvement potential within
processes, the administrative ones included. The result of this case study shows that
Hyer and Wemmerlöv (2002) were right about the high improvement potential. By
more implementation of Lean and Sex Sigma the group believe that the improvements
at the company can be continuous.
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