Lean production system design from the perspective of the Viable System Model

Christoph Herrmann, Lars Bergmann, Philipp Halubek, Sebastian Thiede

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Within the design stage of lean production systems, decisions regarding production system design parameters in terms of lean methods have to be taken. While the economic effects of lean methods have been described in practice, there is still a demand for a scientific basis that allows to explain the mode of action of lean methods. The Viable System Model (VSM) supports the analysis of mechanisms within companies, and provides invariant structures for ensuring the viability of organizations. Based on the findings of the VSM, the connection between the lean production system approach and the cybernetic VSM approach are investigated and lean methods are described in terms of attenuating and amplifying variety.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationManufacturing Systems and Technologies for the New Frontier
Subtitle of host publicationThe 41st CIRP Conference on Manufacturing Systems May 26–28, 2008, Tokyo, Japan
EditorsMamoru Mitsuishi, Kanji Ueda, Fumihiko Kimura
Place of PublicationLondon
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-84800-267-8
ISBN (Print)978-1-84800-266-1
Publication statusPublished - 2008
Externally publishedYes
Event41st CIRP Conference on Manufacturing Systems, CIRP CMS 2008: Manufacturing Systems and Technologies for the New Frontier - University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan
Duration: 26 May 200828 May 2008
Conference number: 41


Conference41st CIRP Conference on Manufacturing Systems, CIRP CMS 2008
Abbreviated titleCIRP CMS


  • Lean production
  • Viable system model
  • Variety engineering

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