Lean manufacturing, leadership and employees: the case of UAE SME manufacturing companies

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dc.contributor.author Alefari, Mudhafar
dc.contributor.author Almanei, Mohammed
dc.contributor.author Salonitis, Konstantinos
dc.date.accessioned 2020-06-25T14:20:00Z
dc.date.available 2020-06-25T14:20:00Z
dc.date.issued 2020-06-21
dc.identifier.citation Alefari M, Almanei M & Salonitis K (2020) Lean manufacturing, leadership and employees: the case of UAE SME manufacturing companies. Production & Manufacturing Research, Volume 8, Issue 1, 2020, pp. 222-243 en_UK
dc.identifier.issn 2169-3277
dc.identifier.uri https://doi.org/10.1080/21693277.2020.1781704
dc.identifier.uri http://dspace.lib.cranfield.ac.uk/handle/1826/15512
dc.description.abstract Successful lean implementation to SMEs poses great challenges. Although lean principles, tools and strategies for implementation are widely known and well documented, companies still struggle. In the present paper, the challenges for the SMEs in their lean journey are discussed, focusing on leadership styles and their impact on how employees perform during the lean transition. The aim of the paper is to determine the extent to which the main principles of lean manufacturing are understood and adopted in manufacturing companies in a developing country such as the United Arabic Emirates (UAE) through a structured questionnaire. The degree of implementing lean manufacturing is assessed and discussed against literature review findings. Furthermore, the impact of various leadership styles during the lean transition is investigated. A second survey is used for capturing the current state with regards the employee performance and the role of leadership in manufacturing SMEs in the UAE. en_UK
dc.language.iso en en_UK
dc.publisher Taylor & Francis en_UK
dc.rights Attribution 4.0 International *
dc.rights.uri http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ *
dc.subject UAE en_UK
dc.subject SME en_UK
dc.subject lean leadership en_UK
dc.subject lean implementation en_UK
dc.title Lean manufacturing, leadership and employees: the case of UAE SME manufacturing companies en_UK
dc.type Article en_UK


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