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Case Code : OPER014 For delivery in electronic format: Rs. 300;
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Production management/ manufacturing
Case Length : 12 Pages
Period : 1993 - 2002
Organization : Boeing
Pub Date : 2002
Teaching Note : Available
Countries : USA
Industry : Airplane Manufacturing


The case examines the problems faced by leading aircraft manufacturer Boeing on the production front due to which it was even forced to close down its manufacturing plants for one month. The case details the reasons for the failure of lean manufacturing initiatives implemented by Boeing in the early 1990s and the steps it took to overcome these problems. The case also provides information about the lean manufacturing concept, its history and benefits and highlights the differences between lean manufacturing and traditional manufacturing.


Understand the concept, importance, process and strategy involved in the implementation of lean manufacturing


  Page No.
Background Note 1
Manufacturing Practices at Boeing 2
Lean Manufacturing at Boeing 3
Reaping the Benefits 5
Extending Lean Manufacturing 6
Exhibits 9


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