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The Implementation of Lean Product Development: A Multiple Case Study Approach
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Business, Economics and Law.
2014 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Purpose: The purpose of the thesis is to point out how organizations implemented Lean Product Development (LPD) and to identify the most crucial supporting factors and barriers thereby. Further it’s the aim to examine the reasons initiate organizations change towards LPD.

Purpose: The purpose of the thesis is to point out how organizations implemented Lean Product Development (LPD) and to identify the most crucial supporting factors and barriers thereby. Further it’s the aim to examine the reasons initiate organizations change towards LPD.

Methodology: The investigation uses qualitative research methods. Within a multiple case study approach, two companies were examined on its way of implementing LPD. The companies were visited and in-depth interviews conducted.

Findings: Discontent about R&D processes, just as delays, lack of communication or high costs were likely to initiate a change towards LPD. Also the impulse of a new management stimulates to break through established organizational mechanism. Methods for visualization or synchronization of processes can be used to improve the R&D performance significantly. The re- organization of processes and to get the lean concept accepted within the organization could be identified as main barrier. Here the employment of an internal lean manager and to get participants aware of early progress is likely to support the LPD adaption. The management takes the key role in supporting the change towards lean. A committed management style by including employees active in processes and a high amount of communication between the development functions is here most advantageous.

Value of the study: The change process of organizations towards LPD is sparely investigated by authors so far (Karlsson & Ahlström, 1996). Therefore the research seeks to point out the transformation process towards LPD, by investigating two companies in different implementation phases of LPD. Also reasons for organizations to adapt LPD as a new management concept were considered as well.

The research has practical relevance by pointing out barriers and supporting factors for a successful transformation process. The way the chosen companies overcome these barriers contributes to inform and inspire organizations preparing for a LPD implementation or in early transformation phases.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014. , 55 p.
Keyword [en]
Change towards LPD, continuous improvement, long term strategy, two cases, different implementation phases
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Business Administration
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URN: urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-24447Local ID: FÖ-V13-A1-054OAI: oai:DiVA.org:miun-24447DiVA: diva2:791035
Subject / course
Business Administration FE1
Educational program
Master programme (one year) in Business Administration, Marketing and Management SFMMA 60 higher education credits
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2014-09-09

Available from: 2015-03-03 Created: 2015-02-26 Last updated: 2016-10-21Bibliographically approved

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