Lean Tools Contribution to Sustainability Outcomes: Insights from a Set of Case Studies

Alexandra Maria Baptista Ramos Tenera, Carina Maria Oliveira Pimentel, Rui Manuel Ferreira Dias, João Carlos De Oliveira Matias

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLean Engineering for Global Development
EditorsAnabela Carvalho Alves, Franz-Josef Kahlen, Shannon Flumerfelt, Anna Bella Siriban-Manalang
PublisherSpringer International Publishing AG
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-030-13515-7
ISBN (Print)978-3-030-13514-0
Publication statusPublished - 16 Mar 2019

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