A few weeks ago I participated in a discussion in which different manufacturers were asked to define the term “Lean Manufacturing”. Not surprisingly, it was defined differently by different people, depending on their industry, role in the organization and geographic location. Some looked at it from an organizational point of view and defined it as “corporate and management culture” or “a system that best serves the customer”. Others defined the process as “a systematic approach to identifying and eliminating waste”, or “the art of mobilizing and pulling together the intellectual resources of all employees”. One even defined it as: “a ‘low-carb diet’ organization philosophy”.
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