A Quantitative Study of the Barriers to Lean Manufacturing Implementation in Libya

Mohamed Abduelmula, Martin Birkett, Chris Connor

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This paper considers the obstacles that face manufacturing companies in Libya to implement Lean manufacturing systems. Lean manufacturing has been developed to eliminate manufacturing wastes and thus improve operational efficiency in many manufacturing processes and industries. This paper aims to evaluate the significance of the barriers to implementing Lean manufacturing in the Libyan environment. In this study a mixed method approach is used, starting with a questionnaire as a quantitative method and followed by conducting interviews to obtain qualitative data. A structured questionnaire was developed and circulated to a large number of manufacturing companies, the paper discusses the findings of the questionnaire and how these can offer an opportunity to develop the interview in the future. The Statistical Package for the Social Science software was used to analyse the data of the surveys. A framework will be proposed to find a suitable implementation process of lean manufacturing to develop the manufacturing sector in Libya.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdvances in Manufacturing Technology XXXI
EditorsJames Gao, Mohammed El Souri, Simeon Keates
PublisherIOS Press
ISBN (Print)978-1-61499-791-7
Publication statusPublished - 2017

Publication series

NameAdvances in Transdisciplinary Engineering
PublisherIOS Press


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