South African Journal of Industrial Engineering
On-line version ISSN 2224-7890
Print version ISSN 1012-277X
VAN DER MERWE, K.R.; PIETERSE, J.J. and LOURENS, A.S.. The development of a theoretical lean culture causal framework to support the effective implementation of lean in automotive component manufacturers. S. Afr. J. Ind. Eng. [online]. 2014, vol.25, n.1, pp.131-144. ISSN 2224-7890.
Although it is generally accepted that lean manufacturing improves operational performance, many organisations are struggling to adapt to the lean philosophy. The purpose of this study is to contribute to a more effective strategy for implementing the lean manufacturing improvement philosophy. The study sets out both to integrate well-researched findings and theories related to generic organisational culture with more recent research and experience related to lean culture, and to examine the role that culture plays in the effective implementation of lean manufacturing principles and techniques. The ultimate aim of this exercise is to develop a theoretical lean culture causal framework.