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Title: Exploratory study of lean techniques in support of defence equipment in the United Kingdom Ministry of Defence
Author: Wicks, Stuart
ISNI:       0000 0004 2669 3503
Awarding Body: University of Newcastle Upon Tyne
Current Institution: University of Newcastle upon Tyne
Date of Award: 2009
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In 1999, the UK MoD launched a Lean Support programme aimed at reducing the cost of inservice support for defence equipment by applying the same Lean techniques used in industry. Such techniques typically depend on a value focus, level scheduling and accurate forecasting of demand, and are often associated with large volume production. However, in defence equipment support, volumes are small, demand is uncertain and the definition of value is problematic. Issues of secrecy and access make research in this area difficult, but subject at first hand. This study investigated the potential and the problems of applying Lean Techniques in the context of support for defence equipment. It explores methods for applying Lean Principles in this sector and the extent to which the MoD has been successful.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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