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On the application of Lean principles and practices to innovation management: A systematic review

Sam Solaimani (Center for Marketing and Supply Chain Management, Nyenrode Business Universiteit, Breukelen, The Netherlands)
Jack van der Veen (Center for Marketing and Supply Chain Management, Nyenrode Business Universiteit, Breukelen, The Netherlands)
Durward K. Sobek II (Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, College of Engineering, Montana State University, Bozeman, Montana, USA)
Erdogan Gulyaz (Center for Marketing and Supply Chain Management, Nyenrode Business Universiteit, Breukelen, The Netherlands)
Venu Venugopal (Center for Marketing and Supply Chain Management, Nyenrode Business Universiteit, Breukelen, The Netherlands)

The TQM Journal

ISSN: 1754-2731

Article publication date: 18 September 2019

Issue publication date: 18 November 2019

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Abstract

Purpose

Increasingly, a firm’s innovation capability has become one of the key frontiers of competitive advantage. The Lean philosophy has a well-proven reputation for its focus on process efficiency and effectiveness, and therefore, is often applied in various areas of innovation. Such wide and ever-increasing applicability also has resulted in an incoherent corpus of literature on Lean innovation. The purpose of this paper is to conceptualize an integrative view on Lean innovation management.

Design/methodology/approach

Based on a systematic literature review, the key Lean principles and practices useful in the context of innovation management are identified and synthesized into an all-inclusive framework. By means of three illustrative cases (i.e. public hospital, electronics company and avionics manufacturer), this paper elaborates on how the proposed framework can be applied.

Findings

A total of 88 publications are analyzed, leading to 34 Lean principles and practices relevant to innovation management, which are further integrated into a comprehensive model, dubbed the “Leanovation” framework.

Originality/value

This study is the first attempt to advance the understanding of various interrelated and interdependent components of Lean innovation management in a holistic way.

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Citation

Solaimani, S., Veen, J.v.d., Sobek II, D.K., Gulyaz, E. and Venugopal, V. (2019), "On the application of Lean principles and practices to innovation management: A systematic review", The TQM Journal, Vol. 31 No. 6, pp. 1064-1092. https://doi.org/10.1108/TQM-12-2018-0208

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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