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Lean manufacturing culture: The role of human perceptions of standardized work

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posted on 05.10.2018, 08:22 by Amjad Hussain, Keith CaseKeith Case, Ata Ur Rehman, Tariq Masood, Muhammad S. Habib
Lean implementation and its sustainability are strongly coupled with organizational culture and consequently the culture defines success. Organizational culture is strongly linked with organizational dynamics. Work standardization is one of the lean tools whose role in terms of organizational performance improvement has been claimed in the literature; however, its implications in terms of employee's perceptions are still controversial. This study aims at investigating the effect of position on employee's perception about the standardized work. Four textile manufacturing companies in Pakistan were selected for the purpose of data collection, where the implementation level of the tool and organizational maturity towards lean adoption were initially measured. A questionnaire was administered to 326 employees from these organizations. The overall data sample was divided into two categories (white-collar and blue-collar). Data analysis was by F-tests (for identifying significance levels) and separate regression analyses (for identifying variables associated with negative perceptions of employees). A significant difference was found between white-collar employees, who were generally positive about the standardization of work, and the blue-collar employees that had negative perceptions. Moreover, the study concluded that positive perceptions about standardized work are directly linked with job satisfaction and inversely linked with job stress.

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School

  • Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering

Published in

Sixteenth International Conference on Manufacturing Research Advances in Manufacturing Technology XXXII

Pages

523 - 528 (6)

Citation

HUSSAIN, A. ... et al, 2018. Lean manufacturing culture: The role of human perceptions of standardized work. IN: Thorvald, P. and Case, K. (eds). Advances in Manufacturing Technology XXXII. Proceedings of the Sixteenth International Conference on Manufacturing Research, incorporating the 33rd National Conference on Manufacturing Research, University of Skovde, Skovde, Sweden, pp.523-528.

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IOS Press © The Authors

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AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Publisher statement

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/

Acceptance date

31/07/2018

Publication date

2018

Notes

The final publication is available at IOS Press through http://dx.doi.org/10.3233/978-1-61499-902-7-523.

ISSN

2352-751X

Book series

Advances in Transdisciplinary Engineering;8

Language

en

Location

University of Skövde, Skövde, Sweden