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Does the integration of lean production and Industry 4.0 in green supply chains generate a better operational performance?

Gonzalo Maldonado-Guzmán (Centro de Ciencias Económicas y Administrativas, Universidad Autónoma de Aguascalientes, Aguascalientes, Mexico)
Sandra Yesenia Pinzón-Castro (Centro de Ciencias Económicas y Administrativas, Universidad Autónoma de Aguascalientes, Aguascalientes, Mexico)
Jose Arturo Garza-Reyes (Centre for Supply Chain Improvement, University of Derby, Derby, UK)

Journal of Manufacturing Technology Management

ISSN: 1741-038X

Article publication date: 18 July 2023

Issue publication date: 24 October 2023

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Abstract

Purpose

The tightening of environmental measures and policies in various countries around the world is forcing manufacturing companies, particularly those that make up the automotive industry, to improve their production processes, through the implementation of approaches such as lean production (LP) and Industry 4.0 (I4.0) technologies, to reduce industrial waste. However, the literature indicates that the implementation of LP and I4.0 does not always lead to an improvement in the level of operational performance (OP). Therefore, this study analyzes the effects of the implementation of LP practices and I4.0 on a green supply chain (GSC) and the operational performance of manufacturing companies in the Mexican automotive industry.

Design/methodology/approach

A theoretical research framework consisting of six hypotheses was developed and validated by applying partial least squares structural equation modeling (PLS-SEM) and using a sample of 460 companies from the Mexican automotive industry.

Findings

The results show that the level of OP of manufacturing companies increases substantially with the implementation of LP and I4.0 practices, as well as a GSC.

Practical implications

Managers of manufacturing companies will be able to use the results of this study to improve their production systems and to demonstrate the effects of these practices on OP.

Originality/value

This study contributes to the literature on LP and I4.0 by providing robust empirical evidence of the positive effects of implementing these approaches on the GSC and OP of manufacturing companies.

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Citation

Maldonado-Guzmán, G., Pinzón-Castro, S.Y. and Garza-Reyes, J.A. (2023), "Does the integration of lean production and Industry 4.0 in green supply chains generate a better operational performance?", Journal of Manufacturing Technology Management, Vol. 34 No. 7, pp. 1120-1140. https://doi.org/10.1108/JMTM-02-2023-0034

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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