The Implementation of Best Practices: Process and Performance Effects

Bjørge Timenes Laugen, Harry Boer

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    Much has been written about best practices and world class manufacturing in recent years.
    Various practices and improvement programmes have been suggested as best practices,
    assuming that their adoption would to lead to higher performance. The implementation
    process of these practices is, however, often neglected in the literature and, hence, relatively
    poorly understood. The purpose of this article is to provide insight into that process and how
    different implementation approaches influence performance. An analysis of the implementation
    of a range of manufacturing action programmes in two companies showed that a broad
    and incremental implementation approach initially leads to reduced performance followed by
    a gradual improvement as larger parts of the programmes are institutionalized. A ‘big bang'
    implementation approach does not seem to lead to deterioration in performance.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalCreativity and Innovation Management
    Issue number4
    Pages (from-to)397-407
    Number of pages11
    Publication statusPublished - 2007

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