The use of a lean production index in explaining the transition to global competitiveness: the auto components sector in South Africa

Kaplinsky, Raphael and Kojima, Sakura (2004). The use of a lean production index in explaining the transition to global competitiveness: the auto components sector in South Africa. Technovation, 24(3) pp. 199–206.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/S0166-4972(03)00142-1

Abstract

Globalisation means enhanced competition. This is a problem both for firms in rich countries, and for those in developing countries. In particular producers in high-income countries are increasingly being threatened by imports from low wage economies. Lean production techniques are therefore an urgent prerequisite for producers everywhere. But how can the degree of progress in the adoption of lean production be measured? And what factors determine the rate of adoption of lean production? This paper addresses both methodological issues (the construction of a lean production index) and the analysis of factors determining its adoption through an investigation of the South African auto components sector.

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