A Lean transformation journey focusing on leadership - For first line managers

Examensarbete för masterexamen

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Type: Examensarbete för masterexamen
Master Thesis
Title: A Lean transformation journey focusing on leadership - For first line managers
Authors: Mohammadi, Parasto
Korneliusson, Malin
Abstract: The majority of organisations that tries to transform and implement lean fails with achieving a successful transformation. One reason for this is not focusing enough on leadership and developing leaders. Further, for the hierarchy level first line managers there exist little research regarding how to develop their leadership. Currently, the manufacturing organisation which this thesis is conducted at undergoes a lean transformation where one focus area is on developing their first line managers i.e. supervisors. Therefore, in this thesis a framework, i.e. The Lean Leadership Framework, consisting of 54 guidelines for how to develop the leadership of first line managers is presented. The framework is based on an extensive literature review and interviews with lean experts. Further, a gap analysis based on the current state at the organisation is determined through interviews with top management at the organisation, a workshop with the supervisors, analysis of the organisation’s internal documentation regarding the role of a supervisor and structured- and unstructured observations. Which was then compared with the developed framework, this to identify the potential gap between the current leadership of the supervisors at the organisation and the Lean Leadership Framework. From this an action plan was developed to address the identified gap and contribute to developing the supervisors to become lean leaders. However, two factors were identified as important prerequisites for the action plan i.e. to reduce the team sizes and have the SVs own their process. In order to sustain the lean transformation at the organisation several means and prerequisites was identified to support the supervisors. Among these prerequisites one of the most important ones identified was having superiors and a top management that was both engaged and involved in the lean transformation.
Keywords: Produktion;Transport;Grundläggande vetenskaper;Hållbar utveckling;Övrig industriell teknik och ekonomi;Production;Transport;Basic Sciences;Sustainable Development;Other industrial engineering and economics
Issue Date: 2018
Publisher: Chalmers tekniska högskola / Institutionen för teknikens ekonomi och organisation
Chalmers University of Technology / Department of Technology Management and Economics
Series/Report no.: Master thesis. E - Department of Technology Management and Economics, Chalmers University of Technology, Göteborg, Sweden : E2018:060
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/20.500.12380/255207
Collection:Examensarbeten för masterexamen // Master Theses

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