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Dec 5 2008   6:13PM GMT

Overheard – Lean production and specialization are at odds

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse

earll_murman.jpg The hierarchical and rigid structure [of the traditional organizational structure] results in extreme specialization of job functions and a large number of job classifications; it is incompatible with the team approach of lean production, in which workers perform many tasks and have few job classifications.

Earll M. Murman, Ph.D., From lean production to lean enterprise

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