What Lean is Really About: Malaysian Automotive Perspective
A.S.M. Touhidul Islam1, Shahryar Sorooshian2, Shariman Bin Mustafa3

1A.S.M. Touhidul Islam, Faculty of Industrial Management, Universiti Malaysia PAHANG, Malaysia.
2Shahryar Sorooshian, Faculty of Industrial Management, Universiti Malaysia PAHANG, Malaysia.
3Shariman Bin Mustafa, Faculty of Industrial Management, Universiti Malaysia PAHANG, Malaysia.
Manuscript received on 17 December 2018 | Revised Manuscript received on 29 December 2018 | Manuscript Published on 24 January 2019 | PP: 441-447 | Volume-7 Issue-4S2 December 2018 | Retrieval Number: ES2098017518/19©BEIESP
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Abstract: With the tremendous advancement of lean, it has evolved a lot. Many authors have tried to express true nature of lean in various ways. But still it remains incomplete and ambiguous that it is possible to create a versatile but easily understandable and acceptably meaningful definition. Specially, lean is recommended to be practiced and followed by adapting it to the current operational and cultural status and future requirements of the specific industry. So, the author has interviewed 16 lean experts from different key functional areas in a renowned Malaysian automotive industry, and based on the analysis of qualitative data and information received from them, proposed a new definition of lean. With clear fundamental understanding, the journey of lean is expected to be more effective, efficient and sustainable to maximize productivity and quality with lower cost and time spent in any organization.
Keywords: Definition of Lean, Malaysian Automotive, Experts’ Interview, Pareto Analysis.
Scope of the Article: Predictive Analysis