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Lean in the Aspect of Sustainability


  • Orsolya Pető



The article introduces the principles of Lean and Sustainability. It will analyze the points where overlaps occur between these two fields and show how a well-functioning unified system focusing on both areas could be developed. It looks at the effects of Lean and its -best-known tool 5S on the pillars of Social, Economical and Environmental Sustainability. Finally, it makes proposals on how to develop a sustainable system and what could be applied.

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  • Orsolya Pető, 2012. "Lean in the Aspect of Sustainability," Theory Methodology Practice (TMP), Faculty of Economics, University of Miskolc, vol. 8(01), pages 54-58.
  • Handle: RePEc:mic:tmpjrn:v:8:y:2012:i:01:p:54-58

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    1. Sorin BRICIU & Dimi OFILEANU, 2016. "L'Utilisation De La Pensée Lean Dans Le Contexte De La Responsabilité Sociale De L'Entreprise," Management Intercultural, Fundația Română pentru Inteligența Afacerii, Editorial Department, issue 35, pages 35-40, June.

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    Lean; Sustainability; Social Sustainability; Environment and Economy; 5S;

    JEL classification:

    • Q01 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - General - - - Sustainable Development
    • Q56 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics - - - Environment and Development; Environment and Trade; Sustainability; Environmental Accounts and Accounting; Environmental Equity; Population Growth
    • Q57 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics - - - Ecological Economics


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