Innovation in aeronautics through Lean Engineering

E.M. Murman,     MIT, USA


The dynamics of innovation theory indicate that, for products as mature as aircraft, process innovation is an important contributor to product success and innovation. Many aerospace companies have adopted Lean Thinking as an enterprise-wide continuous improvement strategy. This chapter extends Lean Thinking to the engineering domain with a Lean Engineering framework based upon observational findings from a decade of research in the aerospace domain, published works on Toyota and Southwest Airlines, and practitioner input. Examples illustrate how the framework maybe be applied. Lean Engineering is not totally new to aerospace, and it continues to evolve. ...

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