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Dr Paul Gibbons is published in the International Journal of Lean Six Sigma

30 March 2012

Dr Paul Gibbons is published in the International Journal of Lean Six Sigma

Dr Paul Gibbons, alumni of Cohort 2 who graduated from the EngD in Systems in February 2012, has had a paper ' The development of a lean resource mapping framework: introducing an 8th waste', published in the International Journal of Lean Six Sigma.

The Paper was co-written with his EngD in Systems Supervisors, and has been published in Volume 3, Issue 1.

Please see abstract below:

Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to develop a useful framework for identifying a new lean waste classified as polarization. Complementing the extant lean conceptual framework, the authors argue there is a need to understand how resources are deployed and how these can be best aligned to maximise their value-adding contributions. The purpose of this paper is therefore to identify a conceptual framework and a supporting practitioner approach for understanding and identifying instances of the non-value adding polarization of resources.

Design/methodology/approach – A captious and taxonomic review of the lean conceptual literature is made and the link to the resource-based view (RBV) of the firm is acknowledged. A conceptual framework is developed and adopting an action case study approach through practitioner intervention, a lean resource mapping framework is presented.

Findings – A useful mechanism is developed following a sequential processing mapping framework concluding with a “current state” lean resource matrix. Visualising how resources are aligned to functional needs to deliver customer-based products, a “future state” lean resource matrix can then be developed to remove the non-value adding activities of the resources employed.

Originality/value – The outcomes of this paper include a useful conceptual framework for understanding how resources are aligned to a business's processes, products and plant. Operationalising the conceptual framework, a useful practitioner approach to reducing resource waste and increasing value, is also presented.