Paper Title:
Transfer of Lean Manufacturing to China – Lessons from Two German-Chinese Production Plants
  Abstract

The purpose of this paper is to provide a greater understanding of the implementation process of lean production in China. In particular, it will investigate the main barriers when implementing lean production in China. The aim is to evaluate if implementation barriers can be explained by Chinese national context factors. Case studies of two auto-parts production plants of a German multinational company in China were used to evaluate lean barriers within China. During a two month research trip to China, sixty interviews with Chinese and Western employees were conducted to evaluate barriers when implementing Lean in China. Strong evidence is found that Chinese context factors do significantly influence the implementation process of lean in China. The paper proposes the necessity for organizations to consider cultural, socio-political and economic context factors of China when applying lean principles. The fieldwork leads the author to develop a model of barriers which restrain the successful implementation of lean production systems in China. Beside a comprehensive compilation of barriers, the model indicates Chinese cultural, socio-and economic national context factors which may influence the implementation barriers.

  Info
Periodical
Chapter
Chapter 11: Environmentally Sustainable Manufacturing Processes and Systems
Edited by
Wu Fan
Pages
2087-2093
DOI
10.4028/www.scientific.net/AMM.110-116.2087
Citation
M. Bollbach, "Transfer of Lean Manufacturing to China – Lessons from Two German-Chinese Production Plants", Applied Mechanics and Materials, Vols. 110-116, pp. 2087-2093, 2012
Online since
October 2011
Authors
Export
Price
$32.00
Share

In order to see related information, you need to Login.

In order to see related information, you need to Login.

Authors: K.K Nithia, Mohd Yusof Noordin, Muhamad Zameri Mat Saman
Chapter 7: Strategic Management for Manufacturing Industry and Enterprises
Abstract:This is a review paper written to discuss the lean manufacturing and the lean weaknesses in manufacturing industry. Lean production or also...
344
Authors: A.P. Puvanasvaran, N. Norazlin, C. Suk Fan
Chapter 8: Manufacturing Management and Operations
Abstract:Lean behavior is an essential element to create a culture of continuous improvement culture in a service organization. Continuous improvement...
566