Business Management

Four strategies to help move beyond lean and build a competitive advantage

Provided by Infor

Category Business Management

Type White Paper

Length 7

Publish Date March 07 2018

Date posted March 07 2018


For companies that make complex, configurable products, lean manufacturing principles have become an integral part of their day-to-day operations. No surprise there. Over the past 30 years, lean has helped these companies streamline manufacturing and supply chain processes to eliminate waste and create important business benefits. But there’s now statistical evidence showing that in discrete manufacturing, the presumed benefits from lean have not yielded the competitive advantage that manufacturers had hoped for. There are two reasons for this. First, while early adopters received advantage for their lean investments, lean is now pervasive at nearly all major discrete manufacturers, so the advantage has been substantially reduced. Second, while the productivity improvement attributable to lean inside manufacturing operations is high, at the corporate level, total productivity has only marginally improved because of the high capital cost of investment in productivity programs. For discrete manufacturing executives, this begs the question: What can my company do to achieve the real competitive advantage I thought I was getting from lean?

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