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Human resource management, Lean processes and outcomes for employees: towards a research agenda

Human resource management, Lean processes and outcomes for employees: towards a research agenda

Bamber, Greg J., Stanton, Pauline, Bartram, Timothy and Ballardie, Ruth (2014) Human resource management, Lean processes and outcomes for employees: towards a research agenda. The International Journal of Human Resource Management, 25 (21). pp. 2881-2891. ISSN 0958-5192 (Print), 1466-4399 (Online) (doi:https://doi.org/10.1080/09585192.2014.962563)

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Abstract

Lean management or lean thinking is a process improvement technique that along with Six Sigma is used in an increasing range of workplaces. This special issue focuses on the use of Lean in developed countries. This increased usage reflects a growing propensity for managers to launch initiatives to upgrade the efficiency and productivity of the enterprises that they manage, usually in an attempt to enhance the cost- effectiveness of operations. This special issue of the IJHRM includes eight articles in addition to this one on various aspects of the connections between lean management, human resource management (HRM) and outcomes for employees. The present article reviews the context for the increasing popularity of lean ideas among managers. Drawing on research in a range of countries, the articles in the special issue provide interesting insights into the relationships between process improvement innovations and HRM, as well as raise further important questions for research, which enable us to suggest an agenda for future research. This includes asking: what are the differences in the ways that Lean is implemented, for example the differences that may reflect industry, regional and national variables?

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Keywords: human resource management; lean management; lean thinking; process improvement; research agenda
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Business
Faculty of Business > Department of Human Resources & Organisational Behaviour
Faculty of Business > Centre for Work and Employment Research (CREW) > Work & Employment Research Unit (WERU)
Last Modified: 17 May 2019 17:36
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: GREAT b
Selected for GREAT 2019: GREAT 3
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/19751

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