What is lean management?
The word ‘lean’ points to the principle behind the management method, i.e. efficiency. There are three ways to achieve this: focus on adding value for customers, avoid all kinds of waste and continuously improve. Lean management originated in Japan, where the approach was first applied in car manufacturing. Although manufacturing companies were the first to adopt lean management, or more precisely lean production, its basic concept has been taken up by practically all industries. Over time, new methods for optimizing business processes emerged. Examples are lean leadership, lean development, lean administration and even lean thinking.