The Routledge Companion to Lean Management


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ISBN: 978-1138920590

Published: December 2016

Author: Daryl J. Powell, Torbjorn H. Netland

Pages: 478

Publisher: Productivity Press


About the Book

Interest in the phenomenon known as “lean” has grown significantly in recent years. This is the first volume to provide an academically rigorous overview of the field of lean management, introducing the reader to the application of lean in diverse application areas, from the production floor to sales and marketing, from the automobile industry to academic institutions.

The volume collects contributions from well-known lean experts and up-and-coming scholars from around the world. The chapters provide a detailed description of lean management across the manufacturing enterprise (supply chain, accounting, production, sales, IT etc.), and offer important perspectives for applying lean across different industries (construction, healthcare, logistics). The contributors address challenges and opportunities for future development in each of the lean application areas, concluding most chapters with a short case study to illustrate current best practice. The book is divided into three parts:

  • The Lean Enterprise
  • Lean across Industries
  • A Lean World

This handbook is an excellent resource for business and management students as well as any academics, scholars, practitioners, and consultants interested in the “lean world.”


“Netland and Powell have done a wonderful job in bringing together the key writers on the Lean agenda. Anyone seeking to dig deeper in the field, either in the underlying philosophy or specific applications, will find much of value here. The book is unique in its breadth, giving an accurate reflection of the state of the art.”

Steve New, University of Oxford, UK

“When Quincy Jones produced the song We Are the World, written by Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie, he gathered what he called ‘the supergroup.’ The most admired singers in the world contributed with their best tones in ONE song. This is a book where Netland and Powell have done the very same thing, but on the ‘lean arena.’ They have gathered the most admired ‘lean singers’ in the world where everyone contributes with their best ‘lean tones.’ This is a megahit! Enjoy the rhythm!”

Niklas Modig, Stockholm School of Economics, Sweden

Table of Contents

1. The Evolution of Lean Thinking and Practice (Daniel T. Jones and James P. Womack)

2. The Toyota Way: Striving for Excellence (Jeffrey K. Liker)

Part I: The Lean Enterprise

3. Lean Production (Pauline Found and John Bicheno)

4. Lean Leadership (Michael Ballé)

5. Lean Innovation (Günther Schuh, Stefan Rudolf, and Christian Mattern)

6. Lean Product Development (Monica Rossi, James Morgan, and John Shook)

7. Lean Systems Engineering (Cecilia Haskins and Bohdan W. Oppenheim)

8. Lean Logistics (Michel Baudin)

9. Lean Safety (Robert B. Hafey)

10. Lean Teams (Desirée van Dun and Celeste Wilderom)

11. Lean IT (Pär Åhlström, Ryusuke Kosuge, and Magnus Mähring)

12. Lean Sales & Marketing (Brent Wahba)

13. Lean Branding (Laura Busche)

14. Lean Accounting (Brian H. Maskell)

15. Lean Auditing (James C. Paterson)

16. Lean Remanufacturing (Elzbieta Pawlik, Jonathan Corney, and Winifred Ijomah)

17. Lean and Green (Keivan Zokaei, Ioannis Manikas, and L. Hunter Lovins)

18. Lean Purchasing (Tim Torvatn, Ann-Charlott Pedersen, and Elsebeth Holmen)

19. Lean Supply Chains (Jon Gosling, Maneesh Kumar, and Mohamed Naim)

20. Lean Distribution (Matthias Holweg and Andreas Reichhart)

21. Lean After-Sales Services (Barbara Resta, Paolo Gaiardelli, Stefano Dotti, and Dario Luise)

22. Lean Corporations (Torbjørn H. Netland)

Part II: Lean Across Industries

23. Lean Healthcare (Daniel Jones)

24. Lean Construction (Glenn Ballard)

25. Lean Engineer-to-Order Manufacturing (Daryl J. Powell and Aldert van der Stoel)

26. Lean Mining (Behzad Ghodrati, Seyed Hadi Hoseinie, and Uday Kumar)

27. Lean Maintenance, Repair, and Overhaul (Mandyam M. Srinivasan)

28. Lean Public Services (Zoe Radnor)

29. Lean Armed Forces (Nicola Bateman and Peter Hines)

30. Lean Policing (Harry Barton, Rupert L. Matthews, and Peter Marzec)

31. Lean Justice (Ana Lúcia Martins,Isabell Storsjö, and Simone Zanoni)

32. Lean Public Water Supply (Kirstin Scholten, Benjamin Ward, and Dirk Pieter van Donk)

33. Lean Dealerships (David Brunt)

34. Lean Software Development (Mary Poppendieck)

35. Lean Printing (Ken Macro)

36. Lean Retail (Paul Myerson)

37. Lean Education (Vincent Wiegel and Lejla Brouwer-Hadzialic)

38. Lean Schools (Jan Riezebos)

39. Lean Universities (Steve Yorkstone)

Part III: A Lean World

40. A Lean World (Torbjørn H. Netland and Daryl J. Powell)

Additional information

Weight 1 kg

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