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Increasing value and minimising wastes through Lean Management (LM)

Special issue call for papers from International Journal of Lean Six Sigma

Increasing value and minimising wastes through Lean Management (LM)


To remain sustainable in a globally competitive market, many organisations worldwide are seeking to implement lean philosophy through the adaptation of various improvement initiatives and lean tools to achieve waste reduction and value creation. In spite of several benefits that lean offers, there are many reports highlighting the faliure of lean practices. The successful implementation of lean depends on several factors such as careful implementation of organisational change initiatives, analysing lean readiness levels before implementation, understanding of cultural issues and top management's commitment, to name a few (e.g. Al-Najem, et al. 2013, Dibia, et al. 2014, Khan, et al. 2013).

Increasing value through minimising waste is the principle theme of this special issue. A Lean approach focuses on the concept of waste (MUDA) i.e., any activity performed by a company, which absorbs resources, but does not add or create value to the end sutomer (Womack and Jones, 1996, Womack et al, 1990). In this special issue, high quality submissions (empirical, conceptual, practical and theoretical) are sought from academics, researchers and practitioners from around the world addressing the critical issues relating to lean implementation with a focus on value creation and waste reduction.

Features of the special issue manuscripts

Based on the above background, the objectives of this special issue are related to deepen our understanding of “increasing value and minimising wastes through Lean Management (LM)”, thus focusing on the important factors of LM. The special issue further intends to explore the relationships between LM and waste reduction by soliciting the latest research and developments within the area of LM, with particular interests in waste reduction through lean implementation. Theoretical, review, experimental papers are also encouraged for submission. In particular, original contributions addressing, but not limited to, covering the following areas are welcome:
• Critical concepts of lean: value and wastes
• Lean implementation: readiness level and critical issues
• Sustainable lean
• Lean and green
• Lean product development
• Empowering people
• Lean tools and techniques for process improvement
• Relationships between lean, green and sustainability
• Frameworks for integrating lean, green and sustainability

Time Scale (tentative)
Call for papers:                                  01 March 2016
Full manuscript submission:         15 October 2016
Notification of review reports:         15 January 2017
Revised final manuscript due:       15 May 2017

Submitting an article
Submissions to this special issue of the International Journal of Lean Six Sigma should be prepared according to the Author Guidelines available at: and should be made using ScholarOne Manuscripts, the online submission and peer review system. Registration and access is available at: When submitting a paper, please be certain to select the correct special issue title from the drop down menu.

Special Issue Guest Editors

Dr Hom Dhakal
Senior Lecturer in Materials and Manufacturing Engineering,
School of Engineering, Anglesea Road, Anglesea Building,
University of Portsmouth, PO1 3DJ, UK.
Email: [email protected]
Tel: + 44 (0) 239284 2582

Dr. Ahmed Al-Ashaab
Reader in Lean Product Development,
Manufacturing Department, Cranfield University, Cranfield, MK43 0AL, UK
Email: [email protected]
Tel: +44 (0) 1234 750 111 Ext 5622

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Womack, J.P., Jones, D.T. and Roos, D. (1990). The Machine that Changed the World, Maxwell Macmillan International, New York, NY.
Dibia, I. K. Dhakal, H.N. Onuh, S. (2014). “Lean “Leadership People Process Outcome” (LPPO) implementation model”, Journal of Manufacturing Technology Management, Vol., pp.694 – 711. DOI 10.1108/JMTM-08-2011-0076.
Al-Najem, M., Dhakal, H. N., Labib, A. & Bennett, N. (2013). Lean readiness level within Kuwaiti manufacturing industries. International Journal of Lean Six Sigma, 4(3); 280-320.
Muhammad S. Khan , Ahmed Al-Ashaab , Essam Shehab , Badr Haque , Paul Ewers , Mikel Sorli & Amaia Sopelana (2013). Towards lean product and process development, International Journal of Computer Integrated Manufacturing, 26:12, 1105-1116.