Informing implementers of lean strategy in process industries ¿ the central role of schedulers
Lean strategy has been recognized for its benefits to discrete manufacturing industries world-wide. However, implementing Lean strategy in process industries has proven difficult. In an at-tempt to address this problem, this paper identifies schedulerÃÂ¿s decisions as crucial to the success-ful execution of Lean strategy. The paper examines existing descriptions of schedulers and their roles, in search of their potential impact on this execution. Using a case study from the Austra-lian steel industry, empirical evidence shows that schedulers are critical to the success of Lean strategy. Two paths of impact are suggested: (1) schedulersÃÂ¿ role as negotiators and facilitators of business operations, and (2) schedulersÃÂ¿ discretion and prioritization of business needs. The pa-per concludes with suggestions for further research on ways to support schedulersÃÂ¿ execution of Lean strategy.
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