Title

Lean Distribution: Concept, Constructs, And Practices.

Document Type

Conference Paper

Rights

This item is available under a Creative Commons License for non-commercial use only

Disciplines

Business and Management.

Publication Details

Proceedings of the 20th International Annual EurOMA Conference - "Operations Management at the Heart of the Recovery", 9-12 June 2013, Dublin, Ireland.

Abstract

In today’s competitive market, applying lean thinking provides supply chain the ability to produce and deliver products in a timely and cost effective manner. To date, little research addressed lean distribution concept as an effective approach for improving supply chains. This caused a level of ambiguity regarding the concept’s dimensional structure and its practices. This paper aims to explore the antecedents of lean distribution concept and identify its constructs and practices using a data driven analytical approach (i.e. exploratory factor analysis). Findings show that enhancing communication with customers, optimising transportation activity, people participating in problem solving procedures and increasing the reliability of distribution operations are critical dimensions of lean distribution paradigm.

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