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Lean and green integration into production system models – experiences from Swedish industry
Mälardalen University, School of Innovation, Design and Engineering, Innovation and Product Realisation.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-9068-3527
Swerea IVF AB, Sweden.
Mälardalen University, School of Innovation, Design and Engineering, Innovation and Product Realisation.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7935-8811
Swerea IVF AB, Sweden.
2014 (English)In: Journal of Cleaner Production, ISSN 0959-6526, E-ISSN 1879-1786, Vol. 85, 180-190 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This paper focuses on integration of operations management, specifically production system models with environmental management and related issues such as quality and safety. Based on knowledge concerning lean-based improvement programmes for company-specific production systems (XPS) and integration between formal management systems, such as ISO 9001 and 14001, industrial practices from integrating management systems with the XPS were studied. A literature-based comparison between formal management systems and XPS is made, indicating integration potentials. The empirical research is an analysis of five vehicle and automotive companies in which various efforts have been made to integrate their management systems with their XPS. The results show that although conscious steps have been taken since the introduction of ISO 14001 in integrating environmental management into everyday operations, there are still obstacles to overcome. To fully include sustainability aspects, the characteristics of the improvement systems have to be adapted and extended. One barrier to extended integration is the lack of integration strategy. There is further a lack of sustainability metrics and adaptation of improvement methods to push companies' operational performance. In addition, organisational issues still arise concerning the responsibility and ownership of environmental management in relation to operations. Based on these results it is concluded that processes for integration are recommended; however, each organisation needs to consider its operations, corporate culture and business opportunities of its environmental management. Still, incorporating environmental management systems into XPS is seen as an effective way of establishing company commonality in continuous improvement, resulting in holistic understanding and improved organisation performance.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014. Vol. 85, 180-190 p.
National Category
Engineering and Technology Environmental Management
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URN: urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-25246DOI: 10.1016/j.jclepro.2014.04.013ISI: 000346551500015Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84922449345OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mdh-25246DiVA: diva2:725098
Available from: 2014-06-14 Created: 2014-06-14 Last updated: 2016-02-25Bibliographically approved
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1. Development of collaborative green lean production systems
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2014 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This thesis deals with development of lean and green production systems from an action research point of view. The studies focus on Swedish-based automotive and vehicle industries and their aims to integrate sustainable thinking and environmental care into their operations management.

Starting from operations management in manufacturing and corporate sustainable development, the research is built on how to integrate these two views into one production system. The systematic structure of a multiple-target improvement process with methodologies and tools designed to achieve the sustainability vision has been studied. Since lean as well as green production is based on the entire value chain, the research has gone beyond legal company limits and included the collaborative efforts between suppliers and customers in the value chain.

The thesis includes six papers and describes approaches on how to implement integration, how to structure and integrate improvement management systems, how to set up an integrated monitoring and control system for the business and how to organise and redesign green lean tools and methodologies to support collaboration towards common targets.

The results can be used for exploration and hypothesis formulation for further studies and development of integrated production systems and collaboration systems. The thesis helps answering how to integrate and implement company-specific green lean production systems.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Eskilstuna/Västerås: Mälardalens Högskola, 2014
Series
Mälardalen University Press Dissertations, ISSN 1651-4238 ; 162
Keyword
Operations management, Lean manufacturing, Sustainable production, Environmental management, Swedish manufacturing
National Category
Environmental Management
Research subject
Innovation and Design
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-25605 (URN)978-91-7485-157-1 (ISBN)
Public defence
2014-09-19, Filen, Smedjegatan 37, Eskilstuna, 10:00 (English)
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Available from: 2014-07-16 Created: 2014-07-05 Last updated: 2014-12-12Bibliographically approved

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