Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to assess the influence of cultural collectivism on the efficacy of lean practices. Furthermore, this study assesses whether or not potential cultural disadvantages related to the level of individualism at the national level can be compensated for at the organisational culture level. Design/methodology/approach: Hofstede's cultural dimension of individualism is used to test whether practicing a collectivistic culture at the organisational level can fully compensate for the potential disadvantages of being geographically situated in an individualistic culture when practicing lean manufacturing. Findings: Results suggest that cultural collectivism at the national and organisational level have a significant impact on the efficacy of lean practices. Furthermore, the negative impact of being situated in an individualistic country cannot be fully compensated for through practicing a collectivistic organisational culture when practicing lean. Originality/value: This study represents a omprehensive attempt to simultaneously assess the collectivism cultural components of lean practices at the national as well as at the organisational level.

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Wiengarten, Frank; Giménez Thomsen, Cristina; Fynes, Brian; Ferdows, Kasra

Exploring the importance of cultural collectivism on the efficacy of lean practices: Taking an organisational and national perspective

02/2015
Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to assess the influence of cultural collectivism on the efficacy of lean practices. Furthermore, this study assesses whether or not potential cultural disadvantages related to the level of individualism at the national level can be compensated for at the organisational culture level. Design/methodology/approach: Hofstede's cultural dimension of individualism is used to test whether practicing a collectivistic culture at the organisational level can fully compensate for the potential disadvantages of being geographically situated in an individualistic culture when practicing lean manufacturing. Findings: Results suggest that cultural collectivism at the national and organisational level have a significant impact on the efficacy of lean practices. Furthermore, the negative impact of being situated in an individualistic country cannot be fully compensated for through practicing a collectivistic organisational culture when practicing lean. Originality/value: This study represents a omprehensive attempt to simultaneously assess the collectivism cultural components of lean practices at the national as well as at the organisational level.
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Exploring the importance of cultural collectivism on the efficacy of lean practices: Taking an organisational and national perspective
Wiengarten, Frank; Giménez Thomsen, Cristina; Fynes, Brian; Ferdows, Kasra
International Journal of Operations & Production Management
Vol. 35, nº 3, 02/2015, p. 370 - 391

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