Entrepreneurial Applications of the Lean Approach to Service Industries

Service industries have grown significantly in recent years, especially in the advanced economies. The applicability of the Toyota system for manufacturing excellence to other industries has been widely studied. This paper seeks to contribute to this growing body of research by exploring the applications of the Toyota approach, particularly the lean system in the service sector. The paper examines the information systems that have enabled benefit in the service industries, to include vendor-managed inventory systems and variants, and then compares the benefits from information systems in support of supply chains. We also review why enterprise systems provide more opportunities in aiding the implementation of the lean systems. We present a case study of a South Korean supply chain system to demonstrate the entrepreneurial application of such approaches

Publication Information
Article Title: Entrepreneurial Applications of the Lean Approach to Service Industries
Journal: Journal of Service Industries (2008)
Vol. 28, No. 7
Author(s): Lee, Sang M;  Olson, D.;  Lee, T.;  Hwang, T.;  Shin, M.
Researcher Information
Lee, Sang M
Lee, Sang M
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Information Systems
  • International - Europe
  • International - South and Central America
  • International - Asia
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