An assessment of status-quo of lean manufacturing implementation in food industry: A critical review

Magaly Madeleine Bolipombo, Ndala Yves Mulongo, Clinton Aigbavboa

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Products with low quality, long lead time, and limited variety are no longer acceptable among customers due to the drastic change in the global market during the past years. Customers' demands are increasing by time and traditional production systems cannot meet this new level of demand. Hence, applying new production methods in order to produce high quality product, in short time, with low price becomes essential for survival in current competitive global market. Lean manufacturing is one of the approaches which has been used by many companies around the world to achieve these competitive advantages. However, lean manufacturing as a competitive advantage tool has not fully been implemented in the food manufacturing industry. Although numerous studies have been conducted over the past decade to address this issue there is still a gap in the current literature. Therefore, the aim of this paper is to theoretically assess status-quo of lean manufacturing. The results of the critical analysis of the current literature clearly demonstrate that there are flows in the current established body of knowledge related to various industry such as the food industry and the small and medium enterprises.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1530-1538
Number of pages9
JournalProceedings of the International Conference on Industrial Engineering and Operations Management
Issue numberSEP
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Event3rd North American IEOM Conference. IEOM 2018 -
Duration: 27 Sept 201829 Sept 2018


  • Lean manufacturing
  • Manufacturing industry

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Strategy and Management
  • Management Science and Operations Research
  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


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