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Origins of lean management in America The role of Connecticut businesses

Origins of lean management in America The role of Connecticut businesses Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to provide a historical account of the significant role that Connecticut businesses and business leaders had in the spread of Lean management throughout the USA. The paper aims to describe what happens when managers do not understand and apply an important principle of Lean management. Design/methodology/approach – Survey of published and unpublished records, as well as personal communications with key figures. Findings – Establishes the role and importance of Connecticut businesses and business leaders in the discovery and dissemination of Lean management in America since 1979, external to Toyota and its affiliated suppliers. Research limitations/implications – The accuracy of some past events necessarily relies on the recollection of key figures that were obtained by personal communications. Practical implications – Describes how an important principle, “respect for people,” was not understood by most management practitioners, thus hindering efforts to correctly practice Lean management and improve business performance. Originality/value – The paper provides a historical account of Lean management in America, focusing on activities that occurred in the State of Connecticut post‐1979. Description and relevance of a key area of misunderstanding among practitioners of the Lean management system. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Management History Emerald Publishing

Origins of lean management in America The role of Connecticut businesses

Journal of Management History , Volume 12 (2): 18 – Apr 1, 2006

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © 2006 Emerald Group Publishing Limited. All rights reserved.
ISSN
1751-1348
DOI
10.1108/13552520610654069
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Abstract

Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to provide a historical account of the significant role that Connecticut businesses and business leaders had in the spread of Lean management throughout the USA. The paper aims to describe what happens when managers do not understand and apply an important principle of Lean management. Design/methodology/approach – Survey of published and unpublished records, as well as personal communications with key figures. Findings – Establishes the role and importance of Connecticut businesses and business leaders in the discovery and dissemination of Lean management in America since 1979, external to Toyota and its affiliated suppliers. Research limitations/implications – The accuracy of some past events necessarily relies on the recollection of key figures that were obtained by personal communications. Practical implications – Describes how an important principle, “respect for people,” was not understood by most management practitioners, thus hindering efforts to correctly practice Lean management and improve business performance. Originality/value – The paper provides a historical account of Lean management in America, focusing on activities that occurred in the State of Connecticut post‐1979. Description and relevance of a key area of misunderstanding among practitioners of the Lean management system.

Journal

Journal of Management HistoryEmerald Publishing

Published: Apr 1, 2006

Keywords: Management technique; Lean production; Manufacturing systems; History; Automotive industry; United States of America

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