The Seven Wastes of Lean Organization

  • Andrea Chiarini
Part of the Perspectives in Business Culture book series (PEPIBC, volume 3)


The main concept underlying not only Lean Organization but in general every system for Business Excellence is the complete elimination of waste. Lean seeks to “flush out” and fight waste in every process: from marketing to production processes, from administrative processes to strategic ones. Of course, for traditional manufacturing companies the most important waste is hidden in the production processes, but the waste produced by other processes must not be forgotten because this is often the primary cause of waste in production. Manufacturing is frequently confronted with unnecessary operations caused by the excessive variability of the components induced by design, or by excessive inventories due to wrong purchasing contracts.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Andrea Chiarini
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  1. 1.Chiarini & AssociatesBolognaItaly

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