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New Forms of Gemba Walks and their Digital Tools in the Digital Lean Manufacturing World

New Forms of Gemba Walks and their Digital Tools in the Digital Lean Manufacturing World

Category
Academic chapter/article/Conference paper
Abstract
Gemba Walks are an important mean of vertical integration in Lean Manufacturing environments. They ensure that all levels of the company stay connected with the front-line, “the Gemba”, where the actual value is created. However, traditionally Gemba Walks have been restricted to one location. This is a shortcoming in production environments characterized by interconnected and often globally dispersed problems where information from several locations is needed simultaneously. In response, this paper explores the emergence of new forms of Gemba Walks enabled by the adoption of new digital technologies. We intend to identify the advantages and disadvantages of using digital technology to support the execution of these new forms of Gemba Walks in more complex, globalized environments and to get a grasp of the extent to which digitalization changes communication characteristics between the parties involved.
Client
  • Research Council of Norway (RCN) / 295145
Language
English
Author(s)
  • David Romero
  • Paolo Gaiardelli
  • Thorsten Wuest
  • Daryl Powell
  • Matthias Thurer
Affiliation
  • Unknown
  • University of Bergamo
  • West Virginia University
  • SINTEF Manufacturing
Year
Publisher
Springer
Book
Advances in production management systems : Towards smart and digital manufacturing : IFIP WG 5.7 International Conference, APMS 2020, Novi Sad, Serbia, August 30 – September 3, 2020, Proceedings, Part II
Issue
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ISBN
9783030579975