Current research establishes an interrelation between lean tools and economic performance. However, the synergetic relationship between the lean tools and the triple bottom line approach is not so well explored and understood, making it a relevant research topic. So, this chapter aims to explore how some basic lean tools, such as 5S, Value Stream Mapping (VSM) and Single Minute Exchange of Die (SMED) can support improving enterprise sustainability concerns. To attain this objective several industrial case studies are explored to illustrate how a set of sustainability outcomes may result from application of some lean tools. Moreover, the potential synergies that can be obtained by lean thinking integrated with other continuous improvement management approaches, such as Six Sigma and Theory of Constraints, and their relationship with sustainability improvement outcomes, will also be here illustrated and discussed.
|Title of host publication||Lean Engineering for Global Development|
|Editors||Anabela Carvalho Alves, Franz-Josef Kahlen, Shannon Flumerfelt, Anna Bella Siriban-Manalang|
|Publisher||Springer International Publishing AG|
|Publication status||Published - 16 Mar 2019|
Tenera, A. M. B. R., Pimentel, C. M. O., Dias, R. M. F., & Matias, J. C. D. O. (2019). Lean Tools Contribution to Sustainability Outcomes: Insights from a Set of Case Studies. In A. C. Alves, F-J. Kahlen, S. Flumerfelt, & A. B. Siriban-Manalang (Eds.), Lean Engineering for Global Development (pp. 161-190). Springer International Publishing AG. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-13515-7_6