The term Lean in lean supply chain management is a paradigm shift in today’s business world. While supply chain management focuses on integrating all the stakeholders across the entire value chain right from raw material suppliers to the end users, lean supply chain management focuses on how to make this entire supply chain more effective and efficient. Lean philosophy, principles and objectives are playing a pivotal role in businesses to cater to the needs of competitive markets and demanding customer. The lean tools provide direction, framework in achieving lean supply chain objectives. This paper focuses on the use of Value Stream Mapping in an automobile industry and illustration of the same in one of the auto component industry in Maharashtra. Design/Methodology/Approach:
The study is based on literature review, substantiating the findings from it in the context of case study of manufacturing organization. It further aims to give the direction for use of lean tools along with value stream mapping.
Findings: The paper focuses on how value stream mapping can be used as an internal process improvement tool and can also be used to extend the same for integrating the processes outside the organizational boundaries.
Research Limitations/implications: This paper explores the availability of literature in the area of lean supply chain practices. As a conclusion it gives further direction where research in Indian context should be focused. It is not a research to prove any hypothesis.
Practical implications: Although lean supply chain management is getting prime importance in today’s business world, penetration of best practices is far away from reality. Adopting lean tools to eliminate waste and improve the efficiency of the process is essential for every organization for its existence.