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Title: The diffusion of lean production technology within manufacturing industry in West Lothian, Scotland
Author: Kinder, Tony
Awarding Body: University of Edinburgh
Current Institution: University of Edinburgh
Date of Award: 2002
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This thesis considers the nature and form of lean production from three angles: prevailing institutional arrangements, as a holistic system and as a series of production techniques. In each case, it identifies social, value, and technical characteristics constructing a synthetic theory of lean production from a critical review of existing literature and from grounded theory. From original empirical work in West Lothian’s electronics industry it interprets and analyses the extent and nature of lean production’s diffusion from inward investors into the indigenous sector. This thesis explores the extent to which local supply chains act as knowledge conduits, shaping and promoting the diffusion of technological knowledge. It identifies barriers to the diffusion of lean production technology and considers them within the context theoretical and public policy debate.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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