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Managing lean capabilities through flexible workforce development: a process and framework

Tan, Kim Hua, Denton, Paul, Rae, Rosalind and Chung, Leanne 2013. Managing lean capabilities through flexible workforce development: a process and framework. Production Planning & Control 24 (12) , pp. 1066-1076. 10.1080/09537287.2011.646013

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Abstract

Many firms today are employing temporary contractual workers in order to help them to stay lean and flexible. The benefit of this approach is that the process of layoff is much easier. Thus, an emerging issue arises here, on how can firms manage and train temporary workers effectively? The core of lean adoption is through people, to have workers buy into the ideas and be part of the overall initiative. There is very little guidance available on how to deal with contractual workers who have less motivation and commitment to the firm given that they are only employed on a temporary basis. This article proposes a framework and process to assist firms in managing and training temporary workers to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the implementation of lean improvement initiatives.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Business (Including Economics)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
H Social Sciences > HF Commerce
Uncontrolled Keywords: Flexible workforce ; Lean management ; Contract worker ; Manufacturing flexibility ; Core–peripheral model
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 0953-7287
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 03:17
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/19455

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