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Sjögren, Pernilla, 2014. Usefulness of lean as a sustainable strategy in food supply chains. Second cycle, A2E. Uppsala: SLU, Dept. of Economics



Global food supply chains need to become more efficient in terms of decreasing resource use and minimising food waste. With this objective some food enterprises in UK have started to adopt ‘lean thinking’. Little academic evidence exists on whether or not this is a sustainable strategy. Sustainability can be defined through the ‘triple bottom line’ including economic, environmental and social aspects. A literature review was conducted to explore the applicability of lean thinking as a sustainable strategy in food supply chains. It showed that lean has potentials, but would require trade-offs where lean principles are adapted to the characteristics of food supply chains and where it also includes environmental and social aspects to a greater extent. Collaboration and shared benefits between all participants is necessary for the success of lean. This is currently the issue in existing food supply chains in the UK.

Main title:Usefulness of lean as a sustainable strategy in food supply chains
Authors:Sjögren, Pernilla
Supervisor:Weeks, Jason and Mark-Herbert, Cecilia
Examiner:Hakelius, Karin
Series:Examensarbete / SLU, Institutionen för ekonomi
Volume/Sequential designation:897
Year of Publication:2014
Level and depth descriptor:Second cycle, A2E
Student's programme affiliation:NY001 Agricultural Programme - Economics and Management 270 HEC
Supervising department:(NL, NJ) > Dept. of Economics
Keywords:food supply chains, lean practices, sustainable development, triple bottom line
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Subject. Use of subject categories until 2023-04-30.:Economics and management
Additional Information:Handledare vid Cranfield University: Jason Weeks, Environmental Science and Technology Department
Deposited On:20 Nov 2014 15:47
Metadata Last Modified:20 Nov 2014 15:47

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