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Title What are the mental models, beliefs and assumptions that underlie K-Way's adoption of lean thinking?
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Degree MBA
Discipline/Department Research of GSB
Degree Level masters
University/Publisher University of Cape Town
Abstract Little research has been carried out on understanding the mental models required for businesses to successfully adopt a sustainable lean thinking business model. The purpose of this paper is to identify any underlying mental models of lean thinking found in the South African clothing manufacturer K-Way. The question explored is what are the mental models, beliefs, and assumptions that underlie K-Way's adoption of lean thinking? Liker's 4 P model of the Toyota Production System was used as a framework for conducting interviews with employees at K-Way: questions were based on their beliefs of Philosophy, People, Problem-solving and Processes. In addition, findings were compared to a research report based on a similar clothing manufacturer: Prestige Clothing. The study revealed that K-Way matched the literature's findings for a sustainable lean mental model. In addition, there were many similarities with Prestige Clothing. The adoption of lean manufacturing at KWay could be the key to the company's success.
Subjects/Keywords Mental Models; Business Models
Contributors Hamdulay, Fatima
Language en
Country of Publication za
Record ID handle:11427/25107
Repository cape-town
Date Retrieved
Date Indexed 2017-09-07

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