A proposed research methodology to investigate the lack of lean manufacturing implementation in Libyan manufacturing companies

Mohamed Abduelmula, Martin Birkett, Chris Connor

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Abstract

Abstract: Lean manufacturing systems have been developed to eliminate or reduce manufacturing waste and thus improve operational efficiency in manufacturing processes. The concept of lean thinking originated from the Toyota production system that determined the value-added activities or steps from non-value added activities or steps; and eliminating waste so that every step adds value to the process. This study examines the quality management processes which are utilized by Libyan manufacturing companies, and offers a methodology to develop lean manufacturing framework. The literature review identified very few studies relevant to the use of lean system and quality improvement techniques in Libya; and no previous studies related specifically to waste reduction and lean systems, and the barriers that prevent lean manufacturing from being implemented in Libyan manufacturing companies. There are several difficulties that are facing lean manufacturing implementation in Libya such as lack of top management support, poor awareness of the importance of the system from workers, absence of lean training programs, and inadequate infrastructure and economic support. This paper presents a research methodology to developing understanding in order to determine the barriers behind the lack of lean manufacturing implementations in the Libyan manufacturing sector. An understanding of the difficulties that face the implementation of lean manufacturing systems, as a new and modern system, develop suitable framework will help to improve and develop the manufacturing sector in Libya.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 3 Jul 2016
EventEURO 2016 - 28th European Conference on Operational Research - Poznań, Poland
Duration: 3 Jul 2016 → …

Conference

ConferenceEURO 2016 - 28th European Conference on Operational Research
Period3/07/16 → …

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