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Lean vs Agile: the shakedown: How manufacturing firms decide on who supplies them

Strategic Direction

ISSN: 0258-0543

Article publication date: 12 June 2017




This paper aims to review the latest management developments across the globe and pinpoint practical implications from cutting-edge research and case studies.


This briefing is prepared by an independent writer who adds their own impartial comments and places the articles in context.


What is the best way to manufacture goods? You would think that 200 years after the Industrial Revolution, firms would have settled upon an agreed process, but while there are obvious differences depending on what is being made, there are still several schools of thought out there on the optimal process. In recent years, the two main contenders for the manufacturing process crown have been Lean and Agile, which have both radically overhauled many firms’ internal modes of manufacturing.

Practical implications

The paper provides strategic insights and practical thinking that have influenced some of the world’s leading organizations.


The briefing saves busy executives and researchers hours of reading time by selecting only the very best, most pertinent information and presenting it in a condensed and easy-to-digest format.



(2017), "Lean vs Agile: the shakedown: How manufacturing firms decide on who supplies them", Strategic Direction, Vol. 33 No. 6, pp. 17-19.



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