The course will consist of a mix of lectures and discussions on the role of lean, the work environment and sustainable production processes in practical lean implementation or the participant’s research projects. Basic lean literature will be distributed to participants before the course. The participants will also be asked to prepare a brief introduction of their research project or lean implementation activities.
The course can be approved as a Phd-course with 3,5 ETCS at Aalborg University.
This course has also been accepted as a theoretical course (10 hours) demanded in the medical specialist education in the training programs of occupational health services at the University of Helsinki in Finland. The acceptance is valid for the specialist training programs at the Faculty of Medicine of all Finnish universities.
- To understand the concept of sustainable production processes
- To understand the lean concept and the advantages and disadvantages of lean
- To understand how lean can be used in the development of sustainable production processes
- To able to relate lean and sustainable production processes to one's own research projects
- Researchers and PhD-students working with lean, sustainable production, organizational development, operations management, innovation, human resource management, working environment
- Academic practitioners working with lean and the working environment
The course can be approved as a Phd-course with 3,5 ETCS.
- Problem based learning. Mix of lectures and students discussion of the role of lean, the work environment and sustainable production processes in their research projects or practical lean implementation.
- Basic lean literature will be distributed to participants before the course who will also be asked to prepare a brief introductions of their research project or lean implementation activities
- Business and employee interests in sustainable production processes and lean
- Enablers and barriers for implementation of sustainable production and lean
- Why is lean still alive a after 25 years?
- The lean concept and associated tools
- Lean, the working environment and the health of employees
- The concept of sustainable production
- Employee based development of sustainable production processes
- Social capital and collaboration as prerequisites for employee participation
- Socio-technical design principles vs. lean principles
- Lean as a tool for development of sustainable production processes
- Analysis of core activities and value stream mapping – the possible impacts on productivity, working environment and health
- Participative research projects: the role of lean and sustainable production processes in focus
- Lean and work environment in non-industrial contexts – for example healthcare
It is difficult to develop production processes that at the same time are socially, healthy and economically viable in the long run. When achieved, such production processes can be called ‘sustainable’ - sustainable in the sense that products or services are competitive and socially accepted and employees are innovative and work in a healthy environment where they can continue also when they get of age. Although contested, the application of lean may open possibilities for the practical development of sustainable processes with a healthy work environment. Lean is widely applied in manufacturing industry and getting a growing importance in private and public services. Although the concept is well developed, the practical implementation is difficult for many organizations, and lean has a somewhat tainted reputation among international researcher and employees as a cause of increased stress and work intensity. However, it is a strong tool for getting insight into core activities and for subsequent process improvements. Implemented in the right way under the right conditions, lean may thereby function as a tool for developing sustainable production processes.