Sustainability and development of Lean implementations

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11th International Symposium on Human Factors in Organisational Design and Management (ODAM 2014) CPH Conference

Sustainability and development of Lean implementations
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Author:Jörgen EKLUND (Unit of Ergonomics, KTH, Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden)
Agneta HALVARSSON (Helix Vinn Excellence Centre, Linköping University, Sweden)
Henrik KOCK (Helix Vinn Excellence Centre, Linköping University, Sweden)
Pernilla LINDSKOG (Unit of Ergonomics, KTH, Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden)
Lennart SVENSSON (Helix Vinn Excellence Centre, Linköping University, Sweden)
Date: 2014-08-18     Track: B - Special sessions     Session: B2 - Organizational applications of human factors and sustainable development
DOI:10.4122/dtu:2132

Lean production has become a major change strategy in Swedish public organizations. The aim of this paper was to identify factors that support or counteract sustainability and development of Lean implementations in public organizations. In an interactive research project including interviews and questionnaires, seven public organizations were followed during a three year period. Some factors supported and other factors counteracted sustainability and development of Lean. In conclusion, lack of sustained change was to a large extent due to replacement of the top managers in five of the organizations and introduction of another change philosophy, low political and managerial ownership and financial problems.