Paper by Freek Hermkens, Sharon Dolmans and Sjoerd Romme accepted in Journal of Economics Management & Trade
The paper “The Role of Middle Managers in Becoming Lean: A Systematic Review and Synthesis of the Literature ” with Freek Hermkens as first author got accepted for publication in the Journal of Economics Management & Trade. Please find the abstract below:
Many organizations adopt the Lean management approach to create a culture of continuous improvement (CI), but often fail to accomplish such a change. Previous studies have explained this high failure rate in terms of poor leadership and management, including the role of middle managers. However, the body of knowledge about the role and influence of middle management in Lean CI is underdeveloped and highly dispersed. Some earlier work suggests that middle managers can both enable and hinder CI initiatives, but a systematic overview is missing. This paper provides a systematic review of the literature to develop a mechanism-based framework that explains the success and failure of CI initiatives in which middle managers are key agents. This study therefore aims to develop an evidence-based framework of key aspects of middle management roles in CI practices drawing on Lean.