Management cybernetics as a theoretical basis for lean thinking

Tobias Steinhaeusser, Fatos Elezi, Iris D. Tommelein, Udo Lindemann

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Abstract

The purpose of this paper is to explore to what extent lean thinking embraces the notions of Stafford Beer's management cybernetics. According to Beer, any successful organization responds to the laws of management cybernetics. As there are numerous successful enterprises that use lean thinking as a philosophy, this quest seems promising and may offer the opportunity to sharpen understanding of lean practices and possibly identify new concepts that can be incorporated into lean thinking. For this purpose, we first describe the differences of origins and language used in both theories. Then, we discuss the ideas of management cybernetics, with focus on the governing rules this approach to management puts forth. Based on this, a selection of lean thinking rules are described from a management cybernetics perspective. We conclude that management cybernetics can serve as a theoretical background for lean thinking and offers an additional perspective for lean applications.

OriginalspracheEnglisch
Titel21st Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction 2013, IGLC 2013
Herausgeber (Verlag)The International Group for Lean Construction
Seiten954-963
Seitenumfang10
ISBN (Print)9781632660183
PublikationsstatusVeröffentlicht - 2013
Extern publiziertJa
Veranstaltung21st Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction 2013, IGLC 2013 - Fortaleza, Brasilien
Dauer: 29 Juli 20132 Aug. 2013

Publikationsreihe

Name21st Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction 2013, IGLC 2013

Konferenz

Konferenz21st Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction 2013, IGLC 2013
Land/GebietBrasilien
OrtFortaleza
Zeitraum29/07/132/08/13

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