The change of production systemsthroeugh consultancy involved projects: a multiple case study in Chinese SMEs

Hu, Qing and Williams, Sharon J. and Mason, Robert and Found, Pauline (2016) The change of production systemsthroeugh consultancy involved projects: a multiple case study in Chinese SMEs. Production Planning & Control. ISSN 0953-7287

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Abstract

Production systems, such as Lean Production System (LPS), have been developed to improve organisational performance. In their application to small and medium enterprises (SMEs), resource constraints mean that business assistance from external agencies, such as management consultants, is often required. Building on organisational learning research associated with knowledge flow across boundaries, this study aims to explore the practical issues associated with consultancy-involved LPS implementation in Chinese SMEs and the possible approaches to deal with them. A multiple case study is conducted focusing on four real-life, consultancy-involved, lean projects in Chinese SMEs. Four key problems that arise from consultancy-involved change of production systems are identified and four relevant approaches to handle these problems are also addressed. The case study implies that to better embed new production systems, such as LPS into SMEs, both consultants and SME clients need to adopt a more proactive approach when engaging with each other.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Lean Production System, SMEs, consultants, organisational learning
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
Divisions: School of Business > Management
Depositing User: Pauline Found
Date Deposited: 06 May 2016 10:42
Last Modified: 03 Feb 2017 12:54
URI: http://bear.buckingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/117

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