Obstacles and difficulties implementing the lean philosophy in Brazilian enterprises

  • Caroline Morito Pereira Master's Degree Student. Department of Manufacturing Engineering and Materials School of Mechanical Engineering: State University of Campinas, Campinas, São Paulo, Brazil 200 Mendeleyev Street Phone: +55 11 3521-3312
  • Rosley Anholon Department of Manufacturing Engineering and Materials - School of Mechanical Engineering - State University of Campinas
  • Antonio Batocchio Department of Manufacturing Engineering and Materials School of Mechanical Engineering: State University of Campinas, Campinas, São Paulo, Brazil
Keywords: Lean Manufacturing, Implementation Difficulties, Toyota Production System

Abstract

The success of Lean Manufacturing does not come down only to its application tools; it is an accomplishment of the entire leadership and workers dedicated to putting the system’s essence into practice, along with its underlying values and philosophy. In this context, the main purpose of this study is to present an analytical research in terms of the obstacles and difficulties faced by Brazilian companies to implement the Lean Manufacturing. Through a literature review of the annals of ENEGEP (the Brazilian Production Engineering Conference), this research concluded that the main obstacles and difficulties of such implementation fall under seven lines: 1) difficulties using the tool; 2) operational resistance; 3) cultural differences; 4) slow response to market; 5) lack of top/senior management involvement; 6) lack of middle management support, 7) lack of resources to invest. This article stands as a useful source for further studies about the Lean Manufacturing system.

Author Biographies

Caroline Morito Pereira, Master's Degree Student. Department of Manufacturing Engineering and Materials School of Mechanical Engineering: State University of Campinas, Campinas, São Paulo, Brazil 200 Mendeleyev Street Phone: +55 11 3521-3312

Master's Degree Student.

Department of Manufacturing Engineering and Materials

School of Mechanical Engineering:

State University of Campinas, Campinas, São Paulo, Brazil

200 Mendeleyev Street Phone: +55 11 3521-3312

Rosley Anholon, Department of Manufacturing Engineering and Materials - School of Mechanical Engineering - State University of Campinas

Professor

Department of Manufacturing Engineering and Materials

School of Mechanical Engineering:

State University of Campinas, Campinas, São Paulo, Brazil

200 Mendeleyev Street Phone: +55 11 3521-3312

200 Mendeleyev Street Phone: +55 11 3521-3312

Antonio Batocchio, Department of Manufacturing Engineering and Materials School of Mechanical Engineering: State University of Campinas, Campinas, São Paulo, Brazil

Professor 

Department of Manufacturing Engineering and Materials

School of Mechanical Engineering:

State University of Campinas, Campinas, São Paulo, Brazil

200 Mendeleyev Street Phone: +55 11 3521-3299

Published
2017-07-23
How to Cite
Pereira, C., Anholon, R., & Batocchio, A. (2017). Obstacles and difficulties implementing the lean philosophy in Brazilian enterprises. Brazilian Journal of Operations & Production Management, 14(2), 218-227. https://doi.org/https://doi.org/10.14488/BJOPM.2017.v14.n2.a10
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