Appropriate Work Design in Lean Production Systems

  • Uwe DombrowskiEmail author
  • Eva-Maria Hellmich
  • Tim Mielke
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Management and Industrial Engineering book series (LNMIE)


The demographic change has a substantial impact on the age structure of manufacturing enterprises. The specific needs of older employees have to be considered thoroughly in the design of future work systems. Today, many enterprises organize their processes according to the principles of lean production systems. In order to achieve a sustainable implementation of age and aging appropriate work design, the existing lean production systems need an appropriate modification. The paper presents an analysis of today’s work design concerning age and aging. Furthermore, it introduces four approaches for age and aging appropriate work in lean production systems.


Lean production system Demographic change Age and aging appropriate Ergonomics Occupational health and safety 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Uwe Dombrowski
    • 1
    Email author
  • Eva-Maria Hellmich
    • 1
  • Tim Mielke
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute for Advanced Industrial ManagementTechnische Universität BraunschweigBraunschweigGermany

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