From One-off Results to Long-lasting Value: Six Lessons Learned from the Manufacturing Industry on Continuous Improvement

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Continuous improvement the secret to Lean success

Manufacturing organisations have been striving towards operational excellence for decades. They aim to increase output in times of high demand or to reduce costs in times of high competition or recession. Lean is a method often employed to attain these objectives.

Lean tools themselves are not enough, however. In order to receive the full benefit from Lean, companies should aspire to a mindset of continuous improvement. Our study shows that only 25% of the surveyed companies succeeded in realizing continuous improvement after starting a Lean initiative.