The Psychology of Lean Production

The Psychology of Lean Production Commentary on “Compatibility of Human Resource Management, Industrial Relations, and Engineering Under Mass Production and Lean Production: An Exploration” by Koji Taira As one of the originators of the term “lean production” (although certainly not of the ideas behind the name, which I and my colleagues simply synthesised from the practices of a number of Japanese firms led by Toyota), it is a pleasure to observe the spread of interest in this concept to a range of academic disciplines including applied psychology. Ironically, the main point of my commentary will be that the analysis of lean production in comparison with the previous dominant industrial paradigm of mass production is perhaps weakest in the area of . .. applied psychology! However, before pursuing this point let me briefly summarise my view of the current degree of adoption of lean production. At the time we were conducting our research at MIT in the late 1980s, we could find practically no examples in Western companies in which all of the key elements of lean production-in the primary work team, in overall organisation of physical production, in the product design team, in the method of dealing with suppliers, and in the method http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Applied Psychology Wiley

The Psychology of Lean Production

Applied Psychology, Volume 45 (2) – Apr 1, 1996

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Wiley
Copyright
Copyright © 1996 Wiley Subscription Services, Inc., A Wiley Company
ISSN
0269-994X
eISSN
1464-0597
DOI
10.1111/j.1464-0597.1996.tb00754.x
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Abstract

Commentary on “Compatibility of Human Resource Management, Industrial Relations, and Engineering Under Mass Production and Lean Production: An Exploration” by Koji Taira As one of the originators of the term “lean production” (although certainly not of the ideas behind the name, which I and my colleagues simply synthesised from the practices of a number of Japanese firms led by Toyota), it is a pleasure to observe the spread of interest in this concept to a range of academic disciplines including applied psychology. Ironically, the main point of my commentary will be that the analysis of lean production in comparison with the previous dominant industrial paradigm of mass production is perhaps weakest in the area of . .. applied psychology! However, before pursuing this point let me briefly summarise my view of the current degree of adoption of lean production. At the time we were conducting our research at MIT in the late 1980s, we could find practically no examples in Western companies in which all of the key elements of lean production-in the primary work team, in overall organisation of physical production, in the product design team, in the method of dealing with suppliers, and in the method

Journal

Applied PsychologyWiley

Published: Apr 1, 1996

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