A comparative study of lean and agile manufacturing with a related survey of current practices in the UK

The results suggest that competing simultaneously on multiple competitive capabilities enhance performance better than a rather narrow focus on cost and quality

Y. Y. Yusuf; E. O. Adeleye

2003

Scholarcy highlights

  • A comparative study of lean and agile manufacturing with a related survey of current practices in the UK was carried out, the results of which is presented in this paper
  • Using data from a questionnaire survey, four hypotheses were tested, which was indicative of the benefits of agile manufacturing
  • Independent sample tests of significant difference in business performance measures revealed that the agile companies consistently outperformed their lean competitors on all business performance measures studied
  • A wider range of competitive capabilities and performance measures of the agile companies correlated significantly and positively whilst such correlation was observed for only a narrow range of capabilities and performance measures for lean companies
  • The results suggest that competing simultaneously on multiple competitive capabilities enhance performance better than a rather narrow focus on cost and quality

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