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Agile vs. Lean : a systematic literature review comparing underlying principles, work-floor practices, and team-level behaviours

Layik, D. (2021) Agile vs. Lean : a systematic literature review comparing underlying principles, work-floor practices, and team-level behaviours.

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Abstract:This paper aims to understand how agile and lean management differ or overlap in terms of the principles, work-floor practices, and team-level behaviours. This paper reports a systematic literature review (SLR) described by Wolfswinkel, Furtmueller, and Wilderom (2013). The initial dataset incorporated 3.306 articles, which eventually led to a final corpus of 39 relevant articles after applying exclusion criteria. Within these 39 articles, an inductive coding approach was conducted to get complete and unbiased themes. Results show that there is, to a certain extent, overlapping between the two management approaches regarding how they support continuous improvement, organise- and conduct periodic meetings, and structure teams (self-organisation and cross-functionality). However, both management approaches differ in their implementation goal (cost vs. service), continuous improvement practices, and leadership style- and behaviours (changing over time). To conclude, we put forward various theoretical and practical implications for scholars and practitioners. In line with these implications, a variety of future research topics will be discussed for a more successful understanding of the differences and similarities between the agile and lean paradigms.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:85 business administration, organizational science
Programme:Business Administration MSc (60644)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/86121
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