The purpose of this paper is to propose a theoretical framework for the social pillar of lean (SPL), which is a neglected topic in the lean management literature.
The authors first identify shortcomings in research on the SPL that are attributable to neglect of relevant perspectives in organisational research. The authors then present a theoretical case outlining the factors that should be considered in SPL research, how they relate to one another and how they should be integrated in future studies of lean change implementation.
The theoretical framework for the SPL proposes a categorisation of factors and their relationships across levels of analysis that are relevant to the SPL. The inclusion of previously neglected perspectives, such as the relational coordination theory, within this framework offers new insights and directions for research.
By emphasising relationships, the SPL framework sheds light on the scale and complexity of the management challenges involved in lean implementation.
The proposed framework promises to enhance the efficacy of lean research by focussing on factors, such as relationships, that are most relevant to lean implementation.
McMackin, J. and Flood, P. (2019), "A theoretical framework for the social pillar of lean", Journal of Organizational Effectiveness: People and Performance, Vol. 6 No. 1, pp. 39-55. https://doi.org/10.1108/JOEPP-06-2018-0039Download as .RIS
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