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Work organisation practices for lean production

Jordi Olivella (Technical University of Catalonia, Barcelona, Spain)
Lluís Cuatrecasas (Technical University of Catalonia, Barcelona, Spain)
Nestor Gavilan (Technical University of Catalonia, Barcelona, Spain)

Journal of Manufacturing Technology Management

ISSN: 1741-038X

Article publication date: 5 September 2008




The purpose of this paper is to obtain and to expose work organisation practices common to the factories that successfully follow lean production (LP) principles.


Analysis of the literature and interviews with experts.


An analysis of the literature reveals clear connections between work organisation practices and LP. However, general reports on LP barely deal with work organisation. A set of work organisation objectives for LP was established for the authors and interviewed experts and analysed by reviewing the literature. Similarities are found between the different sources in terms of defining a set of policies and practices covering all the aspects of work organisation. It is shown that there are indeed work organisation practices characteristic of LP.


This paper is believed to be the first complete analysis of work organisation practices for LP.



Olivella, J., Cuatrecasas, L. and Gavilan, N. (2008), "Work organisation practices for lean production", Journal of Manufacturing Technology Management, Vol. 19 No. 7, pp. 798-811.



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