Lean Manufacturing and Environmental Performance – Exploring the Impact and Relationship

Conference paper
Part of the IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology book series (IFIPAICT, volume 514)


The relationship between Lean Manufacturing and Environmental Performance has attracted much debate but at the same time lack of empirical evidence leaves haphazard opinions on this matter. The objective of this paper is therefore to provide some insight into the impact of Lean Manufacturing on Environmental Performance and the existing relationship of these two concepts. Four semi-structured interviews with industrial and academic experts provided a solid ground to suggest that the relationship does exist, despite the fact that these two concepts were developed independently from each other. Being the exploratory nature of this study and its purpose to ignite further research, it does not employ a quantitative approach. The results of this study can help managers to better understand and concurrently tackle both the economic and environmental challenges faced by their organizations.


Lean Manufacturing Environmental performance Value Wastes 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Centre for Supply Chain ImprovementUniversity of DerbyDerbyUK
  2. 2.PAL Surface Treatment System Ltd.Tai PoHong Kong
  3. 3.Cadi Ayyad UniversityMarrakechMorocco
  4. 4.Centre for Business in SocietyCoventry UniversityCoventryUK

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