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Institutional and cultural barriers to transferring Lean production to China: evidence from a German automotive components manufacturer

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posted on 02.02.2015 by Angelika Zimmermann, Marc Bollbach
Our qualitative study of a globally operating German automotive components manufacturer demonstrates how certain cognitive dispositions and behaviours of Chinese employees acted as barriers to the transfer of the firm’s Lean production system to its subsidiaries in China. We analyse how these barriers were rooted in the Chinese institutional and cultural context, thereby contributing a new micro-level perspective to business systems literature. Our findings further suggest that manufacturing in China will not be truly ‘Lean’ in the near future, which may place constraints on China’s technological development at a larger scale.

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School

  • Business and Economics

Department

  • Business

Published in

Asian Business & Management

Volume

14

Issue

1

Pages

53 - 85 (32)

Citation

ZIMMERMANN, A. and BOLLBACH, M., 2015. Institutional and cultural barriers to transferring Lean production to China: evidence from a German automotive components manufacturer. Asian Business & Management, 14 (1), pp. 53 - 85.

Publisher

© Palgrave Macmillan

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AM (Accepted Manuscript)

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This work is made available according to the conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) licence. Full details of this licence are available at: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/

Publication date

2015

Notes

This is a post-peer-review, pre-copyedit version of an article published in Asian Business & Management. The definitive publisher-authenticated version ZIMMERMANN, A. and BOLLBACH, M., 2015. Institutional and cultural barriers to transferring Lean production to China: evidence from a German automotive components manufacturer. Asian Business & Management, 14 (1), pp. 53 - 85. is available online at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1057/abm.2014.18

ISSN

1472-4782

Language

en

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