Exploring perceptions of Lean in the public sector

Andersson, Gunnar, Lynch, Matthew P. J., Johansen, Frode Ramstad, Fineide, Mona Jerndahl and Martin, William Douglas mitchell orcid iconORCID: 0000-0003-4056-5869 (2020) Exploring perceptions of Lean in the public sector. Public Money & Management . ISSN 0954-0962

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1080/09540962.2020.1847454


This paper explores discourses around Lean by examining the perceptions of new users of Lean in the public sector. The paper draws on actor–network theory as the basis for exploring what these new users think about Lean and uses data analysis tools to extrude concepts of significance. The data suggests that Lean continues to retain diverse, parallel and competing perspectives. The responses also signal that key concepts of Lean are missing from the discourses, and that this highlights a need to discuss Lean as a mindset—not just as a set of tools. The paper suggests future directions for research to further explore the issues emphasised by respondents.

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