No instant prairie: planting lean to grow innovation
by Fazleena Badurdeen, Phillip Marksberry, Arlie Hall, Bob Gregory
International Journal of Collaborative Enterprise (IJCENT), Vol. 1, No. 1, 2009

Abstract: Incremental innovation tends to be slighted in studies of innovation. We present the Toyota Production System (TPS) as an exemplary and valuable form of incremental innovation, point to the notorious difficulty other companies have in implementing lean manufacturing (as TPS has come to be known in the west) and then demonstrate that TPS, often misunderstood as stand-alone tools, is an integral part of an overall culture of innovation. To clarify how incremental innovation can be adopted, we propose an analogy for building the underlying culture and show TPS integrated in synergistic relationships with production processes and human resource management systems. Implications for future research and practice are discussed.

Online publication date: Thu, 11-Jun-2009

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