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Hur grön är din lean-organisation? En studie om managementmetoder med syfte att integrera miljömässiga hållbarhetsaspekter i svensk lean-produktion: En studie om managementmetoder med syfte att integrera miljömässiga hållbarhetsaspekter i svensk lean-produktion
Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Business Administration. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Business Administration. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Business Administration. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
2016 (Swedish)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
How green is your lean-corporation? : A study about management methods with aim to integrate environmental aspects in Swedish lean-production (English)
Abstract [sv]

Bakgrund: Miljöhänsyn utgör en påtaglig konkurrensfaktor hos dagens företag. Samtidigt finns barriärer mot grönare verksamheter. Miljöaktiviteter upplevs problematiska att operationalisera och att affärsmässigt motivera. Forskare har identifierat lean-modellens resurseffektivitet och operationaliseringsverktyg som en potentiell lösning. Däremot finns begränsat stöd för hur lean kan miljöanpassas i en inomorganisatorisk kontext. Således är det relevant att kartlägga hur svenska lean-företag organisatoriskt samordnar miljöaspekter och lean-aktiviteter.

Syfte: Syftet med studien är att utreda hur miljöaspekter och lean-aktiviteter organisatoriskt kan samordnas för att realisera de fördelar ett integrerat arbetssätt kan medföra. Därtill ger studien konkreta rekommendationer för verksamheter liknande de studerade.

Metod: Studien har genomförts med en kvalitativ forskningsstrategi. Den empiriska undersökningen utgörs av en fler-fallstudie innefattande 23 intervjuer med lean- och miljörespondenter på 12 företag. Företagen har klassificerats i en kartläggande analysmodell för att ge upphov till diskussion om styrningsområdenas integreringspotential.

Slutsats: Resultatet visar trots positiv teoretisk motivering samt förståelse för lean-modellens positiva miljöpåverkan att majoriteten av de studerade verksamheterna inte nått höga integreringsnivåer. Vi menar att miljöarbetet bör anpassas för att passa lean-modellens struktur. En tydligare miljömässig ansvarsfördelning, tvärfunktionellt arbete, ned-brutna miljömål, integrerad måluppföljning samt inkludering av miljö-aspekter i daglig styrningsmetodik kan medföra såväl kostnads-besparingar som stärkt miljömässig hållning.

Abstract [en]

Background: In today’s businesses the awareness is increasing on the environmental impact as a significant competitive factor. At the same time, companies face barriers developing into a greener company. The environmental activities are experienced as challenging to operationalize and commercially justify. Researchers have identified resource efficiency and the operationalizing tools of the lean model as potential solutions. However, there is limited research on how lean can be adapted to environmental aspects in an organizational context. This study is therefore essential to chart how Swedish manufacturing companies co-ordinates the lean and environmental activities organizationally.

Aim: The purpose of the study is to investigate how lean and environmental activities can be coordinated organizationally to obtain the advantages of an integrated approach. This in order to present recommendations for similar companies.

Methodology: The study has been conducted with a qualitative research strategy. The empirical study includes 23 interviews with lean and environmental respondents from 12 manufacturing companies in a multiple case study design. The companies have been charted in an analytical model to provide a discussion on potential integration of the management areas.

Conclusion: The findings of the study indicate that the majority of the companies have not reached a high integration level despite theoretical statements and the awareness that positive effects of the lean-model can be obtained through an environmental perspective. We consider that the environmental activities should be adapted into the lean-model structure. More distinct delegation of environmental responsibilities, cross-functional teams, degraded goals, integrated measuring systems and inclusion of the environmental aspects in the daily management can result in financial savings and enhanced environmental sustainability.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. , 126 p.
Keyword [en]
Lean, green, environmental sustainability, management control
Keyword [sv]
Lean, green, miljömässig hållbarhet, styrning.
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Business Administration
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-131062ISRN: LIU-IEI-FIL-A--16/02231--SEOAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-131062DiVA: diva2:958369
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Master Thesis in Business and Economics Programme (Business Administration); Master Thesis in International Business and Economics Programme (Business Administration)
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