This text provides informative, short introductions to the core concepts of Operations Management. This text contains more than 50 concept entries and is fully cross-referenced.An outstanding reference for Operations Management students at all levels. 



In operations management, lean means the ability to produce a product or service with only the resources which are strictly required to do so.

Lean Manufacturing

In other words, it means producing with no ‘fat’, with no organisational slack or buffers, or with no ‘safety net’. The history of lean thinking is a relatively complex one, and therefore it is useful to see how the concept has evolved and been renamed and augmented over the years.

The pioneering industrial work that led to the formulation of lean thinking started at the Toyota Motor Company as early as after World War II, although it was really in the 1970s that Toyota finalised a productive system with a genuine competitive advantage, commonly known as the Toyota Production System (TPS). ...

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