Model of efficient and sustainable improvements in a lean production system through processes of environmental innovation

  • Aguado S
  • Alvarez R
  • Domingo R
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Globalization has changed the world as well as how a customer judges
the value of a product, which has created a new business focus. Different
approaches have been oriented on this direction, such as the lean
manufacturing system and the concept of sustainability. However,
these two notions are not easy to implement simultaneously; besides
several authors have declared doubts with respect to reaching this
target. Difficulty persists in identifying the tools required and
quantifying the improvements achieved. This research develops a general
approach, based on environmental innovation, to help firms harmonize
efficiency and sustainability. The goal is to add extra value to
the product, which provides the potential to enhance competitiveness
in the 21st century globalized market. A case study demonstrates
that the costs, the incomes, the social responsibility and the sustainability
can be improved when environmental innovation is applied, transforming
the traditional production system into a lean system. © 2012 Elsevier
Ltd. All rights reserved.

Author-supplied keywords

  • Efficiency
  • Environment
  • Model
  • Production
  • Sustainable
  • System

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  • S Aguado

  • R Alvarez

  • R Domingo

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