Lean as ideology and practice: a comparative study of the impact of Lean production on working life in automotive manufacturing in the United Kingdom and Poland

Paul Stewart, Adam Mrozowicki, Andy Danford, Ken Murphy

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Abstract

This article reports on research conducted at General Motors UK and Poland, BMW-UK and VW-Motor Poland. The development of a range of managerial practices at the workplace, often described as lean production techniques, is discussed. The focus is on the impact of the latter on employees’ quality of work-life. While advocates of lean, so-called leanistas, argue that the ‘right’ management cadre will allow the positive effects of lean to prevail, evidence confirming this assumption remains limited. In contrast to ‘lean ideology’, findings here highlight the deleterious effects of systems so defined on the quality of life at work and to workers’ health beyond employment.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-19
Number of pages19
JournalCompetition and Change
Volume20
Issue number3
Early online date31 Mar 2016
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2016

Keywords

  • lean production
  • lean ideology
  • automotive industry
  • Poland
  • United Kingdom

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