Lean manufacturing: A perspective of lean suppliers

Yen Chun Wu*

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The main thrust of this paper empirically examines the connection between lean production and various aspects of the logistics system. This paper performs a comparison analysis to find whether significant performance/practice differences exist between lean suppliers and non-lean suppliers. The research findings indicate that, even given the same organizational constraints and resources, lean suppliers gain significant competitive advantages over non-lean suppliers in production systems, distribution systems, information communications, containerization, transportation systems, customer-supplier relationships, and on-time staging/delivery performance.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1349-1376
Number of pages28
JournalInternational Journal of Operations and Production Management
Issue number11-12
Publication statusPublished - 2003
Externally publishedYes


  • Just in time
  • Lean production
  • Logistics management
  • Performance measurement (quality)
  • Supplier relations

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Decision Sciences
  • Strategy and Management
  • Management of Technology and Innovation


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