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Lean implementation in the geriatric care sector in Sweden
Jönköping University, School of Engineering, JTH, Industrial Engineering and Management. Jönköping University, School of Engineering, JTH. Research area Industrial Production.
Jönköping University, School of Engineering, JTH, Industrial Engineering and Management. Jönköping University, School of Engineering, JTH. Research area Industrial Production.
Lappeenranta University of Technology, Finland.
2015 (English)In: International Journal of Six Sigma and Competitive Advantage (IJSSCA), ISSN 1479-2494, E-ISSN 1479-2753, Vol. 9, no 1, 56-71 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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The aim of this research is to examine how lean has been implemented in the geriatric care sector in a municipality in Sweden. The research focuses on implementation experiences and challenges encountered. The research method used is a case study using interviews and observations for data collection. The findings indicate that there are many advantages of lean in the geriatric care sector, such as better communication, organisation and workflow. The lean implementation worked as an eye-opener and created a situation, where the employees realised a great deal of waste in the daily operations. In addition, lean tools helped to reduce the waste. The findings also indicate that there are some challenges of lean in the geriatric care sector, such as the difficulty to create long-lasting lean commitment. A lack of follow-ups, decreasing interest from senior management and lack of a holistic view were the main issues in the case organisation.

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InderScience Publishers, 2015. Vol. 9, no 1, 56-71 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-28147DOI: 10.1504/IJSSCA.2015.070101Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84934291740Local ID: JTHIndustriellISOAI: oai:DiVA.org:hj-28147DiVA: diva2:860066
Available from: 2015-10-09 Created: 2015-10-09 Last updated: 2016-01-07Bibliographically approved

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