Lean-safe operations for the aviation industry

Y Ward, MP De Brito

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    The aviation industry continues to face significant competitive and cost reduction pressures while simultaneously striving to make the industry even safer than it currently is. Consequently, the industry is struggling to solve a very practical problem ¿ how to achieve the required operational efficiency improvements without compromising safety. This paper argues that the integration of safety, and in particular, human factors, with lean operations represents a potential solution to this dilemma, i.e. lean-safe operations. This paper begins by highlighting the rationale for such integration. It then proposes a Lean-Safe Aviation Enterprise Model, incorporating lean-safe principles and practices. In addition, the paper focuses on some key lean tools that can be used to achieve both efficiency and safety goals. The paper concludes by highlighting the implications of lean-safe operations both for the aviation industry and for other safety-critical industries.
    Original languageUndefined/Unknown
    Title of host publicationManaging operations in an expanding Europe
    EditorsE Erkut
    Place of PublicationTurkije
    PublisherBilkent University
    Number of pages11
    Publication statusPublished - 2007
    EventEUROMA; Conference of the European Operations Management Association 2007 - Turkije
    Duration: 17 Jun 200720 Jun 2007

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    PublisherBilkent University


    ConferenceEUROMA; Conference of the European Operations Management Association 2007


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