A Systematic Review of Lean Implementation Frameworks and Roadmaps: Lessons Learned the Way Forward

Hafeeza Mamoojee-Khatib, Jiju Antony, Viraiyan Teeroovengadum, Jose Arturo Garza-Reyes, Guilherme Luz Tortorella, Monika Foster, Elizabeth A. Cudney

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Purpose: The purpose of this study is to carry out a comprehensive systematic review of Lean implementation frameworks and roadmaps developed over the past decade and report the key findings along with the limitations and the way forward.

Methodology: A systematic review methodology proposed by Tranfield (2003) was followed to identify the relevant works on the research topic. Articles were searched using a set of inclusion criteria in various databases including Google Scholar, Web of Science and Science Direct over a period of thirty years.

Findings: The high failure rate of Lean system implementation, reaching a range between 70 -90% in almost all industries, is a matter of concern. This failure rate is still high even though numerous frameworks and roadmap models exist to streamline Lean implementation. There is no standard framework or roadmap identified in the literature and many organisations are implementing lean in their unique ways. However it would be desirable to develop a practical and systematic roadmap on Lean looking into the cultural and leadership dimensions rather than focusing on a set of tools. Moreover, most frameworks and roadmaps lack the sustianance aspects of Lean implementation.

Limitation: This research only identifies the fundamental gaps with the existing frameworks and roadmaps on lean implementation. The next phase of the research is to develop a roadmap and validate it with a number of organisations in different cultural contexts and leadership styles.

Originality: The authors argue that this is one of the most comprehensive systematic review on lean frameworks and roadmaps ever produced in the literature to date.
Original languageEnglish
JournalTQM Journal
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 19 Oct 2023

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