Describe how lean systems can facilitate the continuous improvement of processes.
See the section on “Continuous Improvement using a Lean Systems Approach,” pp. 213–215. Review Figure6.1 and the opening vignette on Aldi Corporation.
Identify the strategic supply chain and process characteristics of lean systems.
See the subsections on “Supply Chain Considerations in Lean Systems,” pp. 215–216, and “Process Considerations in Lean Systems,” pp. 216–221. The subsection on “Toyota Production System,” pp. 221–222, illustrates how one firm implements lean characteristics to gain strategic advantage over its competition.
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