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Title: An integrated lean and green approach for improving sustainability performance: a case study of a packaging manufacturing SME in the UK
Authors: Nayak, R
Choudhary, S
Dora, M
Mishra, N
Ghadge, A
Keywords: Lean manufacturing;green manufacturing;sustainability performance;carbon footprint
Issue Date: 2017
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Citation: Production Planning and Control
Abstract: Competitive landscape, informed consumers and stringent regulations have forced many 15 manufacturing small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to focus on operational efficiency 16 along with sustainability issues in recent years. While many manufacturing organisations have 17 been taking lean initiatives for the past few years for operational excellence, an impulsive rush 18 to adopt lean without a strategic deployment vision has led to scattered implementation of lean 19 tools and projects without desired success. Many researchers and practitioners prescribe Value 20 Stream Mapping as a foundation for lean transformation initiatives; however, little empirical 21 work is available on the symbiosis of lean and green paradigms to reap maximum benefits. This 22 research, through a systematic methodology and a novel tool called Green Integrated Value 23 Stream Mapping (GIVSM), integrates both the paradigms in a case study on a UK packaging-24 manufacturing SME. Applying the GIVSM demonstrates that simultaneous deployment of lean 25 and green paradigms have synergistic effect for improving both operational efficiency and 26 environmental performance. In addition, continuous improvement framework with sustainable 27 procurement is proposed to overcome the lean-green misalignments. This study also provides a 28 guiding reference for practitioners to undertake similar improvement projects and identifies 29 opportunities to expand this academic research on integrated lean-green approach into other 30 industry sectors.
ISSN: 0953-7287
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