Why Most Chinese Enterprises Fail in Deploying Lean Production

  •  Lixia Chen    
  •  Bo Meng    


Since 1990s, many enterprises in Chinese Mainland have deployed lean production in consideration of its great success in other countries, but many of them failed to realize their original targets. The paper reviews the course from mass to lean, analyzes the status of lean production in Chinese mainland, points out the problems Chinese enterprises met in implementing lean production and makes a conclusion that we can’t success in it without culture reform from extensive to lean. It also proposes the key points for Chinese enterprises to change to lean.

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