The impact of Lean Thinking on Organizational Learning Case Study: SAIPA Automobile Manufacturing Group

Atena Aghakhani, Golamreza Hashemzadeh Khoorasgani, Ashraf Shahmansoury

Abstract


Lean thinking is an approach to increase continuous value creating and productivity as well as minimizing the costs and losses. Further, organizational learning is defined as a set of measures such as knowledge acquisition, information distribution, information and memory interpretation, which consciously or unconsciously affect the positive organizational development. This research aimed at studying the impact of lean thinking on the organizational learning. The study has used a questionnaire to measure variables. Lean thinking is tested through twenty-eight items; and organizational learning is tested by five items of shared vision, organizational learning culture, teamwork and group learning, knowledge sharing and participative leadership. The questionnaires were distributed among one-hundred and thirty-two managers and staffs of the center for strategic planning and studies and department of planning and excellence development management in SAIPA automobile manufacturing group1. The education level of the participants was higher than a bachelor degree. SPSS software was used to analyze the data. Results showed that lean thinking has a positive impact on organizational learning. Also, lean thinking has a positive and significant impact on all aspects of organizational learning.

DOI: 10.5901/mjss.2016.v7n4S1p219


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