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Title: Institutional and cultural barriers to transferring Lean production to China: evidence from a German automotive components manufacturer
Authors: Zimmermann, Angelika
Bollbach, Marc
Keywords: Practice transfer
Business system
China
Lean
Manufacturing
Production
Institution
Culture
Issue Date: 2015
Publisher: © Palgrave Macmillan
Citation: ZIMMERMANN, A. and BOLLBACH, M., 2015. Institutional and cultural barriers to transferring Lean production to China: evidence from a German automotive components manufacturer. Asian Business & Management, 14 (1), pp. 53 - 85.
Abstract: Our qualitative study of a globally operating German automotive components manufacturer demonstrates how certain cognitive dispositions and behaviours of Chinese employees acted as barriers to the transfer of the firm’s Lean production system to its subsidiaries in China. We analyse how these barriers were rooted in the Chinese institutional and cultural context, thereby contributing a new micro-level perspective to business systems literature. Our findings further suggest that manufacturing in China will not be truly ‘Lean’ in the near future, which may place constraints on China’s technological development at a larger scale.
Description: This is a post-peer-review, pre-copyedit version of an article published in Asian Business & Management. The definitive publisher-authenticated version ZIMMERMANN, A. and BOLLBACH, M., 2015. Institutional and cultural barriers to transferring Lean production to China: evidence from a German automotive components manufacturer. Asian Business & Management, 14 (1), pp. 53 - 85. is available online at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1057/abm.2014.18
Version: Accepted for publication
DOI: 10.1057/abm.2014.18
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/16653
Publisher Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1057/abm.2014.18
ISSN: 1472-4782
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