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An investigation into lean production practice in mining
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences, Human and technology.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-1091-5039
2018 (English)In: International Journal of Lean Six Sigma, ISSN 2040-4166, E-ISSN 2040-4174, Vol. 10, no 1, p. 123-142Article, review/survey (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Purpose

Using a theory of translation of ideas, the purpose of this paper is to investigate how the mining industry has implemented and practices lean production as well as the form of this practice.

Design/methodology/approach

The study reviewed the scientific literature on lean production in the mining industry, as well as in the reported practice of the concept in a mining company. The results were then analyzed using content analysis.

Findings

Lean production has not seen a full implementation in the mining industry. Rather, select practices are focused, though the literature covers several more. The findings suggest that the form and extension of lean production in mining differ from other industries owing to characteristics of the industry itself.

Research limitations/implications

The scientific literature on the subject is limited. Additional material was used to attempt to offset this. However, there are still blind spots relating to practice that is not reported in the type of material investigated.

Originality/value

This paper contributes to understanding the evolution of lean production in a unique industry. It suggests why lean implementation may be unsuccessful in this type of industry while also identifying the focal point of its lean production practice.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Emerald Group Publishing Limited, 2018. Vol. 10, no 1, p. 123-142
Keywords [en]
Implementation, Literature review, Mining industry, Lean production, Lean mining
National Category
Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics
Research subject
Human Work Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-71268DOI: 10.1108/IJLSS-07-2017-0085ISI: 000461199200007Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85054882356OAI: oai:DiVA.org:ltu-71268DiVA, id: diva2:1256982
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Validerad;2019;Nivå 2;2019-04-08 (inah)

Available from: 2018-10-18 Created: 2018-10-18 Last updated: 2019-04-08Bibliographically approved

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