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Lean production, market share and value creation in the agricultural machinery sector in Brazil

Forrester, P., Shimizu, U. K., Soriano-Meier, H., Garza-Reyes, J. A. and Basso, L. (2010) Lean production, market share and value creation in the agricultural machinery sector in Brazil. Journal of Manufacturing Technology Management. 21(7), pp. 853-871. 1741-038X.

Item Type: Article
Abstract: Purpose – The “resource-based view” (RBV) of firms considers that major operational and organisational advantages are created in the internal environment of a firm. The implementation of lean manufacturing represents the potential for strategic advantage over competitors, especially in craft-based industries in developing regions of the world. The purpose of this paper is to investigate the relationship between the adoption of lean manufacturing and market share and value creation of companies in the agricultural machinery and implements sector in Brazil. Design/methodology/approach – The paper is based on data collected in a survey conducted across 37 firms in the agricultural machinery and implements industry in Brazil. The data were used within a model for assessing the degree of leanness to test three hypotheses using correlation, regression, analysis of variance and cluster statistical methods. Findings – Brazilian firms and managers in this sector that have supported a transition towards the adoption (and adaptation) of lean manufacturing practices have shown a significant improvement in their business performance. Originality/value – The paper presents an empirical study where lean manufacturing is investigated and tested from a “RBV” perspective. It demonstrates the application of an emergent model for measuring the degree of leanness and the extent of business improvement. The study and the model are applied to smaller, craft-based industries and so is applicable in developing countries and regions, in comparison with most literature on lean production in advanced economies. It provides a useful perspective for firms to corroborate and understand the potential benefits that lean manufacturing can bring if adopted
Uncontrolled Keywords: Brazil, craft production, lean production, market share, resource management
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions > HC94 By region or country > HC187 Brazil
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD9720 Manufacturing industries
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD2340 Small and medium-sized businesses, artisans, handicrafts, trades
T Technology > TS Manufactures > TS155 Production management. Operations management
Creators: Forrester, Paul, Shimizu, U K, Soriano-Meier, Horacio, Garza-Reyes, Jose Arturo and Basso, L
Publisher: Emerald
Faculties, Divisions and Institutes: University Faculties, Divisions and Research Centres - OLD > Faculty of Business & Law > Business and International Management (to 2010)
Faculties > Faculty of Business & Law > International Strategy & Business
Date: 2010
Date Type: Publication
Page Range: pp. 853-871
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Manufacturing Technology Management
Volume: 21
Number: 7
Language: English
ISSN: 1741-038X
Status: Published / Disseminated

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