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The purpose of this research paper is to evaluate the applicability and potential benefits of Lean Principles to a farm business. This research opted for a case study research strategy that is implemented through in-depth personal interviews with different actors along the supply chain. This is augmented by further data collection from experts in the field of Lean. Using the Five Principles of Lean, Value Stream Mapping and the Seven Wastes this study suggests that there are benefits from applying Lean Principles to a farm business in terms of reducing waste and improving the quality of food supply. The present study makes a contribution to the validity of Lean principles when applied to an agribusiness context.
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Keywords: Effectiveness; Efficiency; Farm business; Five Principles of Lean; United Kingdom; Value Stream Mapping

Document Type: Research Article

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Publication date: April 1, 2013

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