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Managing practitioners’ experience and generational differences for adopting lean production principles

Guilherme Tortorella (Federal University of Santa Catarina, Florianopolis, Brazil)
Rogério Miorando (Federal University of Santa Catarina, Florianopolis, Brazil)
Marcelo Meiriño (Universidade Federal Fluminense, Niteroi, Brazil)
Rapinder Sawhney (University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee, USA)

The TQM Journal

ISSN: 1754-2731

Article publication date: 25 September 2019

Issue publication date: 27 September 2019

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to investigate the effect of practitioners’ experience and generational differences on the adoption level of lean production (LP) principles in their daily decisions and behaviors.

Design/methodology/approach

The authors carried out a cross-sector survey with 135 practitioners from different Brazilian manufacturers that have been implementing LP for at least five years. Collected data were analyzed based on multivariate techniques.

Findings

The results show how different combinations between practitioners’ LP experience and generational characteristics may entail a higher likelihood of adopting LP principles. While members from generation X do not seem to be associated with the adoption of LP principles, the ones from generations Y and Z are differently related with LP based upon their experience levels.

Originality/value

The understanding of individual differences for adopting LP principles allows the establishment of proper expectations with respect to each practitioner’s openness to change. Studies that address the adoption level of LP principles based on certain individual characteristics, such as practitioners’ experience with lean implementation and their generational values and beliefs, are scarce in the literature.

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Citation

Tortorella, G., Miorando, R., Meiriño, M. and Sawhney, R. (2019), "Managing practitioners’ experience and generational differences for adopting lean production principles", The TQM Journal, Vol. 31 No. 5, pp. 758-771. https://doi.org/10.1108/TQM-02-2019-0041

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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