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Lean supply chain performance measurement

Kazi Arif-Uz-Zaman (Department of Industrial Engineering and Management, Khulna University of Engineering and Technology, Khulna, Bangladesh)
A.M.M. Nazmul Ahsan (Department of Industrial Engineering and Management, Khulna University of Engineering and Technology, Khulna, Bangladesh)

International Journal of Productivity and Performance Management

ISSN: 1741-0401

Article publication date: 3 June 2014

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to present supply chain metrics and to propose a fuzzy-based performance evaluation method for lean supply chain.

Design/methodology/approach

To understand the overall performance of cost competitive supply chain the paper investigates the alignment of market strategy and position of the supply chain. Since lean is applicable in many supply chains, the authors propose a set of metrics to evaluate supply chain performance. Moreover, the paper uses a fuzzy model to evaluate the performance of cost competitive supply chains. Fuzzy is an appropriate model method when uncertainty is present. It also allows modelling of a significant number of performance metrics across multiple supply chain elements and processes. Competitive strategy can be achieved by using a different weight calculation for different supply chain situations.

Findings

Research provides optimal metrics for lean supply chains. The proposed method can measure the performance of lean supply chains using a fuzzy approach and competitive strategies.

Research limitations/implications

The metrics which have been selected to measure the performance of lean supply chains is particularly applicable for high volume, low-price products.

Practical implications

By identifying optimal performance metrics and applying performance evaluation methods, managers can predict the overall supply chain performance under lean strategy. By identifying performance for each metric they can also categorize the existing performance and optimise them accordingly.

Originality/value

This study provides a performance evaluation method for supply chain managers to assess the effects of lean tools and competitive strategies.

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Citation

Arif-Uz-Zaman, K. and Nazmul Ahsan, A.M.M. (2014), "Lean supply chain performance measurement", International Journal of Productivity and Performance Management, Vol. 63 No. 5, pp. 588-612. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJPPM-05-2013-0092

Publisher

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

Copyright © 2014, Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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