International Journal of Applied Science and Technology

ISSN 2221-0997 (Print), 2221-1004 (Online) 10.30845/ijast

A ‘Lean’ Study using the Soft Systems Methodology
Ifechukwude K. Dibia, Hom Nath Dhakal, Spencer Onuh

Abstract
Lean Production System as a concept emphasizes the elimination of waste in order to ensure optimum utilization of all available resources for the realization of optimum benefit which is doing more with less. This paper looks at the optimization and waste elimination concept of lean from the human perspective using a case study of a biscuit manufacturing company. The Soft Systems Methodology was used for the study and the findings showed that the „Leanness‟ in production can only be guaranteed if the Human resources, the one resource that manages every other resource within the production process is well organised, motivated and adequately managed.

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