The sustainability of improvement activities and an improvement culture is a perennial issue for academics and practitioners and this theme continues to explore the enablers and barriers involved
Research themesSustainability Enablers & Barriers
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LEARN was a network established in 1999 that provided a unique opportunity for sponsor companies (and their supply chains) to develop and apply radical ideas in a controlled and supportive environment.
The SUCCESS programme - Sustainable Channelled Change in Every Scale and Situation - ran from 2004 to 2008 and was part of Cardiff University's Innovative Manufacturing Research Centre's work. It was designed to extend the focus of Lean Thinking away from just 'how do you get going?' to 'how do you sustain it over the medium term?'.
The research is examining the impact that geographic factors have on the design and delivery of lean training in organisations and on the implementation approach adopted. It is a case study involving global logistics company Panalpina and has involved a survey of its trainers and training participants. Panalpina hope to draw conclusions that will help improve effectiveness of a dispersed CI training system. The research started in 2018 and will continue into 2019. Preliminary results were presented at teh European Lean Educator Conference in November 2018.