Operations Strategic Objectives and Decisions as Support for Lean Manufacturing

Natalia Marulanda-Grisales
http://orcid.org/0000-0002-9229-6771
Henry Helí González Gaitán


DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.15665/dem.v16i1.1233

Abstract


The aim of this research consisted to identify coordination mechanisms among lean manufacturing tools and corporate operations strategy.  The study was carried out in seven companies of the textile sector located in the Valle del Aburrá, Colombia. A case study methodology was used. The methodology was based on a quantitative approach and a descriptive - correlational scope.  Among the main results, it was found that the delivery objective and the strategic decision of capacity are the main drivers for improving the bottom line.  The operational profit improves because of the incorporation of the lean philosophy in daily organization activities.  In organizations where the implementation of lean manufacturing is still limited, capacity and delivery must be strengthened from the corporate strategy. This is the case of textile companies.

Resumen

El objetivo de la presente investigación consistió en identificar los mecanismos de coordinación entre las herramientas de lean manufacturing y la estrategia de operaciones, en siete compañías del sector textil ubicadas en el Valle de Aburrá, Colombia. Se empleó una metodología de estudio de caso, con base en un enfoque cuantitativo y un alcance descriptivo -correlacional. Entre los principales resultados se encontró que el objetivo de entrega y la decisión estratégica de capacidad son los principales motores para el incremento de la utilidad operacional a partir de la incorporación de la filosofía lean en las actividades diarias de la organización. De manera particular en aquellas organizaciones donde su implementación aun es limitada, son estos dos elementos los que deben fortalecerse desde la estrategia corporativa, como es el caso de las compañías del sector textil.

Resumo

O objetivo desta pesquisa foi identificar mecanismos de coordenada entre ferramentas de fabricação enxuta e estratégia de operações corporativas. O estudo foi realizado em sete empresas do setor têxtil localizadas no Vale de Aburrá, na Colômbia. Foi utilizada uma metodologia de estudo de caso. A metodologia baseou-se em uma abordagem quantitativa e um escopo descritivo-correlacional. Entre os principais resultados, verificou-se que o objetivo de entrega e a decisão estratégica de capacidade são os principais impulsionadores do aumento do lucro operacional. O lucro operacional aumenta com a incorporação da filosofia lean nas atividades diárias da organização. Em organizações onde a implementação da manufatura enxuta ainda é limitada, a capacidade e a entrega devem ser fortalecidas a partir da estratégia corporativa. Este é o caso das empresas têxteis. 


Keywords


Capacity, delivery, lean manufacturing, operations strategy, textile sector

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