Title: Enablers and barriers for adoption of lean system: a mix method approach

Authors: Muhammad Zia-ur-Rehman; Muhammad Hashim; Hakeem-ur-Rehman; Shahzad Iqbal; Sajjad Ahmad Baig; Yusra Khalid; Ayesha Khan

Addresses: National Textile University, Lahore – Sheikhupura, Faisalabad Rd, Manawala, Faisalabad, Punjab 37610, Pakistan ' National Textile University, Lahore – Sheikhupura, Faisalabad Rd, Manawala, Faisalabad, Punjab 37610, Pakistan ' Punjab University, Canal Rd, Quaid-i-Azam Campus, Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan ' National Textile University, Lahore – Sheikhupura, Faisalabad Rd, Manawala, Faisalabad, Punjab 37610, Pakistan ' National Textile University, Lahore – Sheikhupura, Faisalabad Rd, Manawala, Faisalabad, Punjab 37610, Pakistan ' National Textile University, Lahore – Sheikhupura, Faisalabad Rd, Manawala, Faisalabad, Punjab 37610, Pakistan ' National Textile University, Lahore – Sheikhupura, Faisalabad Rd, Manawala, Faisalabad, Punjab 37610, Pakistan

Abstract: This study is based on exploring the lean manufacturing practices in Pakistan's textile industries. This study adopts the triangulation method for deciding barriers to lean's implementation in Pakistan's textile sector. We used descriptive analysis for the interpretation of the data for quantitative analysis. We conducted root causes analysis through expert interviews and also identified enablers of lean implementation in Pakistan's textile industry using qualitative and quantitative analysis. After the interview, we learned that poor leadership, insufficient preparation, unavailability of local experts, confusion, and poor communication are crucial barriers to lean implantation. We have also identified drivers of successful lean implementation in lean. 5S is the most used tool in the local textile organisation. This paper examines the current situation of lean implementation in Pakistan. This paper highlights the leading causes in poor implementation of lean that can be addressed through the study's solution. This study could be a source of inspiration for small and medium-sized enterprises to apply lean in their organisation.

Keywords: lean practices; manufacturing textile industry; lean hurdlers.

DOI: 10.1504/IJPQM.2022.121311

International Journal of Productivity and Quality Management, 2022 Vol.35 No.2, pp.220 - 240

Received: 28 May 2020
Accepted: 23 Aug 2020

Published online: 28 Feb 2022 *

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