Title: Adaptation of theories of supply chain management to the lean supply chain management

Authors: Malihe Manzouri; Mohd Nizam Ab Rahman

Addresses: Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, 43600 Bangi Selangor, Malaysia. ' Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, 43600 Bangi Selangor, Malaysia

Abstract: In the today global market, lean supply chain management (LSCM) has gain increasing attention within both academic and industrial research. However, its potential has remained largely underdeveloped in the SCM arena. Concerning the gap in the literature regarding to theory development in SCM, the possibilities of adapting some SCM theories to LSCM practices are investigated through extensive reviewing the related literature in this paper. Given a background on the definition of SCM theories, a review on LSCM definition and practices is provided. Based on the recent lean manufacturing literature, five important lean principles have been categorised to investigate the possibility of adoption with some SCM theories. As a result, 13 SCM theories were matched with these lean principles and they are concluded as LSCM theories.

Keywords: lean manufacturing; lean SCM; supply chain management; literature review; lean principles; SCM theories.

DOI: 10.1504/IJLSM.2013.051019

International Journal of Logistics Systems and Management, 2013 Vol.14 No.1, pp.38 - 54

Published online: 14 Dec 2012 *

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