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    Quality and lean practices synergies A swift even flow perspective

    Onofrei, George and Fynes, Brian and Nguyen, Hung and Azadnia, Amir (2021) Quality and lean practices synergies A swift even flow perspective. International Journal of Quality & Reliability Management, 38 (1). pp. 98-115. ISSN 0265-671X

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    Purpose – The purpose of this study is to investigate the relationship between investments in quality and lean practices, and their impact on factory fitness. Using concepts originating in the theory of swift even flow, this study asserts that manufacturers, in order to improve their production swiftness and evenness, must leverage the potential synergetic effects between quality and lean practices. Design/methodology/approach – This research uses data from the Global Manufacturing Research Group (GMRG) survey project (with data collected from 922 manufacturing plants, across 18 countries). The constructs and measurement model were assessed using confirmatory factor analysis (CFA) and the hypotheses were tested using ordinary least square (OLS) models. Findings – This study highlights that both investments in quality and lean practices have direct impact factory fitness. The results provide insights into the efficacy of the investments in manufacturing practices and their role in augmenting the operational performance. The investments in quality practices were found to enhance the efficacy of investments in lean practices, which in turn impact the factory fitness. Practical implications – From a practical perspective, the study informs managers on how to leverage investment in quality practices to enhance the impact of lean practice on performance. The results provide empirical evidence to support management decision-making concerning the development of competences in quality and lean practices, which may create competitive advantage. Originality/value – This study contributes to the quality and lean literature and provides empirical evidence of the synergetic effects between investments in quality and lean practices. The analysis offers a greater understanding of the mechanisms that can be used to maximise the impact of investments in lean practices, from a global perspective. The findings are important to the advancement of theory in operations management, as it integrates three research streams: quality practices, lean practices and swift even flow research.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: Quality practices; Lean Practices; Factory fitness; Operational performance;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Business
    Item ID: 15903
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    Depositing User: Amir Azadnia
    Date Deposited: 03 May 2022 14:07
    Journal or Publication Title: International Journal of Quality & Reliability Management
    Publisher: Emerald
    Refereed: Yes
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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