Elmoselhy, S., "Implementing the Hybrid Lean-Agile Manufacturing System Strategically in Automotive Sector," SAE Int. J. Mater. Manf. 8(2):592-601, 2015, doi:10.4271/2015-01-9083.
In order to strike a balance between cost and availability, the present study presents the strategic implementation of the hybrid lean-agile manufacturing system. The proposed implementation is based on literature review and statistical analysis. The study presents short term and long term proposed plans for implementing this newly developed system in a sustainable way. It shows how the strategic facet of the hybrid lean-agile manufacturing system addresses the key manufacturing competitive dimensions. The paper presents as well a cost-benefit analysis in comparison with the lean manufacturing system and agile manufacturing system based on the net present value. The study shows that the expectedly most efficient among the manufacturing systems is the Hybrid Lean-Agile Manufacturing System with normalized comparative improvement of about 58% and 42%, respectively. The study concludes through a statistical sample that about one third of the variation in successfully dealing with the sources of competitive advantage in automotive sector can be explained by adopting the strategic facet of the hybrid lean-agile manufacturing system. The study is limited to the automotive manufacturing sector. The paper would be of interest to the seekers for efficient manufacturing systems such as lean manufacturing practitioners and agile manufacturing practitioners.