Why Try Lean? A Northumbrian Farm Case Study.

Conor Colgan, George Adam, Federico Topolansky

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The purpose of this research paper is to evaluate the applicability and potential benefits of Lean Principles to a farm business. This research opted for a case study research strategy that is implemented through in-depth personal interviews with different actors along the supply chain. This is augmented by further data collection from experts in the field of Lean. Using the Five Principles of Lean, Value Stream Mapping and the Seven Wastes this study suggests that there are benefits from applying Lean Principles to a farm business in terms of reducing waste and improving the quality of food supply. The present study makes a contribution to the validity of Lean principles when applied to an agribusiness context.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages12
JournalInternational Journal of Agricultural Management
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 3 Apr 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • Five Principles of Lean
  • Farm business
  • Value Stream Mapping
  • United Kingdom
  • Efficiency
  • Effectiveness


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